Table of Contents About UMHB Welcome from the President Purpose of the Student Handbook Mission and Vision of UMHB History of UMHB Values and Goals of UMHB Statement of Non Discrimination UMHB Profile UMHB Traditions UMHB Alma Mater UMHB Fight Song Campus Map
Section One – Academics Absences Academic Appeal Process Academic Decorum Academic Honesty Academic Honors Academic Probation Academic Standards Academic Suspension Admissions Class Attendance Policy Classroom Expectations and Ethics Dropping or Adding Courses Financial Information Grade Point Average (GPA) Grade Reports Grading System Graduation Incomplete Grades Registration Repeating a Course Transcript of University Credits Withdrawal From the University Section Two – Student Life Higher Calling Endless Opportunities An Atmosphere of Excellence Spiritual Life
Baptist Student Ministry Chapel Campus Activities Campus Recreation UMHB Sader Belles UMHB Cru Cheer Cultural Affairs/Community Service International Student Services Student Government Association Student Organizations Student Publications
Section Three - Student Housing Student Housing Exception Housing Application and Assignment Process Student Housing Occupancy License Guidelines for Apartment-Style Student Housing Student Housing Cancellations, Withdrawals, and Refunds Inspections of Student Housing Section Four – Student Services Bookstore Bursar’s Office Career Services Center for Academic Excellence CruCard Office Counseling Services Digital Media Services (Copy Center) Disabled Student Services and Accommodations Financial Aid Food Services Health Services Library Services Mayborn Campus Center Post Office Student Voter Registration & Constitution Day Technology Services Testing Services UMHB Alumni Association Section Five – Athletics
Section Six - Campus Safety and Security Campus Police Inclement Weather and University Cancellation Notices Weapons on Campus Reporting a Crime or Emergency Safety Escorts Emergency Telephones Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs Emergency Preparedness and Alert Systems Parking and Vehicle Rules Public Access to UMHB campus Roller Blades, Skateboards, and Bicycles Theft or Loss of Personal Property Fire Safety, Fire Drills, and Fire Alarms Student Physical or Mental Health Emergencies Missing Students Section Seven â€“ Rules of Student Conduct General Rules of Student Conduct Change of Name or Address Children in the Classroom Alcohol and Drug Use Discrimination or Harassment Dress Code Hazing Sadermail Signs, Sidewalk Chalk and Posters Smoking and Tobacco Products Solicitation Policy University Information Systems Usage Social Media Usage
Section Eight - Student Misconduct and Discipline Philosophy of Discipline Purpose of Disciplinary Responses Student Misconduct Defined Sanctions for Misconduct Sexual Misconduct Student Disciplinary Process
Section Nine - Student Suggestions and Complaints Student Suggestions Academic Appeals Student Grievance Procedure Student Problem-Solving Process
Section Ten â€“ Student Records Responsibility for Disciplinary Records Notifications to Parents Administrative Withdrawal Addendum: Intellectual Property
Welcome from the President
Welcome, Crusader! We are excited that you have chosen to pursue your education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where it has been our goal since 1845 to provide the finest in Christian higher education.
I am confident that you will find a community of fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni at UMHB who will care about you and help you achieve your potential in the classroom and in lifeâ€™s experiences.
Make the most of your time here and make memories that will last a lifetime. It is our hope that when you graduate from UMHB, you will leave not just with your diploma, but also with a clear vision of how to live a successful life wherever God may lead you.
Randy Oâ€™Rear, Ed.D. President
Purpose of the Student Handbook The university informs students of its rules, policies, and guidelines through this student handbook, its academic course catalog and other sources.
This handbook is available on-line and may be accessed from any computer able to access the university's website. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain, read, and comprehend the purpose, policies, and procedures of the Student Handbook.
The specific policies outlined are not presented as an exhaustive list of behavior concerns, and each one should be interpreted broadly in the context of the highest Christian standards of honesty, ethics, and morality. Students enrolling in the university agree to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with UMHBâ€™s identity as a Christian educational institution, both on and off campus. The university reserves the right at any time to create additional policies, or modify existing ones, as needs may dictate. Any such changes will be communicated with the students through email and the UMHB website.
The term campus shall mean UMHB owned, leased or controlled buildings, land, parking lots and walkways. In the entirety of this handbook, the terms university or UMHB shall mean University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Mission and Vision of UMHB
Mission The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor prepares students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish our Christ-centered learning community. Vision
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.
History of UMHB The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor traces its distinguished history to the days when Texas had yet to gain statehood and when Baptist missionary work was just beginning in the partially civilized new territory. As early as 1839, representatives of churches in Washington County issued an appeal to the Home Mission Board of New York to inaugurate a missionary movement in Texas. Missionaries Rev. James Huckins and Rev. William M. Tryon were sent, and soon afterwards, Judge R.E.B. Baylor came to Texas as a teacher, lawyer, soldier and preacher. These leaders inspired the desire for Christian education in the area and, at a meeting of the Union Association in 1841, recommended forming an education society. War prevented action until 1843, when the Texas Baptist Education Society was organized. Tryon and Baylor were appointed to prepare a charter to establish a Baptist university. On February 1, 1845, a charter was granted by the 9th Congress of the Republic of Texas, approved by President Anson Jones at Washington-on-the-Brazos, and the longawaited Baptist University became a reality. The school initially included a Preparatory Department in addition to co-educational classes for college students. In 1851, the Female Department and the Male Department were separated, ending co-education. In 1866, the Female Department obtained a separate charter and its own board of trustees, and the name was changed to Baylor Female College. In 1886, due to changing transportation and economics in the area, it was deemed necessary to move both schools. The Male Department consolidated with Waco University in Waco, Texas, retaining the name Baylor University. The Female Department, under its new name, Baylor Female College, moved to Belton, Texas. Since the move to Belton, the school has undergone several name changes, including Baylor College for Women (1925), Mary Hardin-Baylor College (named in honor of a benefactor in 1934), and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1978). In 1971, the oldest college for women west of the Mississippi became co-educational. UMHB’s illustrious history includes such notable occurrences as claiming the first work-study program for women in a college west of the Mississippi (1893); serving as the campus model for the Baptist Student Union (1920); establishing the first school of journalism in a college for women in America and being the second institution in Texas to offer the degree of Bachelor of Journalism (1921); hosting and winning the first intercollegiate debate between college women in Texas (1921); and being recognized as the first Texas Baptist college accepted into full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1926). Since these auspicious “firsts,” UMHB has continued to make history as a leader in the fields of education, nursing, business, and church leadership; in athletics through conference and national play; and in other important areas of campus life. Today, UMHB enjoys a robust student enrollment of more than 2,700 and employs more than 330 full-time faculty and staff committed to Christian higher education. Presidents have included Dr. Horace Clark, Col. W. W. Fontaine, Dr. William Royall, and Rev. John Hill Luther, Dr. P. H. Eager, Dr. E. H. Wells, Dr. W. A. Wilson, Dr. E. G. Townsend (acting president), Dr. J. C. Hardy, Dr. Gordon S. Singleton, Dr. Albert C. Gettys (acting president), Dr. Arthur K. Tyson, Leonard L. Holloway, Dr. William G. Tanner, Dr. Bobby E. Parker, Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom, and Dr. Randy O’Rear, the current president of the university.
Values and Goals of UMHB Broad-based Education: We believe an educated person is one who not only has mastered a chosen field of study but also has gained an understanding and appreciation for the intellectual and cultural traditions of a diverse world. The university seeks to develop graduates of strong Christian character and integrity who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, and solve complex problems. In addition, we strive to inspire a lifelong love for learning so that graduates may face challenges successfully in an everchanging world.
Christian Faith and the Intellectual Life: We recognize that all truth, whether revealed in Scripture or creation, has its origin in God. Since all truth is grounded in God, we believe that the pursuit of truth and the Christian faith are mutually reinforcing. We strive to develop graduates who integrate Christian perspectives and attitudes into every dimension of life: character, relationships, vocation, and service. To empower students to integrate a passionate Christian faith with human knowledge, we dedicate ourselves not only to grounding them in the basics of Scripture and in the historical beliefs of the Christian faith, but also to broadening their horizons, deepening their insight, sharpening their intellect, and cultivating their ability to appreciate the good, the true, and the beautiful. We seek committed Christians for our faculty and staff who will support the universityâ€™s mission. In short, our goal is to produce graduates who love God with their whole mind. Teaching Excellence: We value well-qualified educators who are committed to effective, innovative teaching that prepares students to excel in their particular fields, to think creatively and critically, and to integrate facts across disciplines. Our faculty members exhibit an intellectual curiosity and passion for their fields of study which, in turn, stimulate our students to excel academically. To that end, the university is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of academic freedom and providing faculty members with resources and opportunities to enhance teaching effectiveness and to be engaged in a wide range of scholarly activities. The university seeks to identify, recognize, and reward faculty members who exhibit exceptional teaching ability.
Service: We value our role as a Christ-centered university which serves the educational, cultural, civic, and economic needs of our world by providing service opportunities. We strive to instill within students a lifelong sense of responsibility to contribute to the improvement of their communities. As a university, we offer consulting, professional services, and cultural events to enrich and improve the greater community. Students as Individuals: We respect each student as a unique individual who has a distinct perspective on the world. Therefore, we welcome students from diverse backgrounds and understand that exposure to different cultures and experiences within a Christian environment enriches the educational process. The university strives to create an atmosphere where every student is an integral part of our learning community. We place student achievement first and emphasize this through personal attention, small class sizes, teaching excellence, campus activities, athletic programs, and leadership opportunities. The university is committed to encouraging each student to reach his or her potential spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.
Goals: Broad-based Education: • Provide undergraduate curricula, which enable both traditional and nontraditional students to develop their potential. • Provide graduate curricula, which enable students to increase competencies in their fields of specialization.
Christian Faith and Intellectual Life: • Integrate Christian perspectives and attitudes into the development of character, relationships, vocation, and service.
Service: • Develop and maintain effective relationships with the university’s key constituents. • Provide appropriate physical facilities, equipment, and educational support services for students, faculty, staff, and administration. • Maintain economic stability essential to the university’s successful operation.
Teaching Excellence: • Maintain a highly competent faculty, staff, and administration. • Assist students in preparation for their roles in a rapidly changing world.
Students as Individuals: • Recruit and retain a qualified and diverse student body. • Offer quality academic advising, career counseling, and personal counseling services. • Encourage appreciation for cultural diversity.
Statement of Non-Discrimination The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, nationality and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of handicap in the recruitment and admission of students, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a private institution and reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant for any lawful reason.
The designated coordinator for university compliance with nondiscrimination policies is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 900 College Street, Belton, Texas 76513, 254-295-4527.
“ Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:30-31 ●
Date Established 1845 President Dr. Randy Oâ€™Rear
Religious Affiliation Baptist General Convention of Texas Mascot The Crusader Nickname The Cru
Colors Purple, White and Gold School Newspaper The Bells
School Yearbook The Bluebonnet Website www.umhb.edu
2011-2012 Student Population 3,137
Dubbing Ceremony – August 19, 2012 In the Spring of 1995, students requested a ceremony to create closer emotional ties to the university. Subsequently, a “Dubbing Ceremony” became part of Welcome Week. Each Fall new students are “dubbed” with a ceremonial sword by the university administration as “Crusaders Forever.” Prior to the ceremony, students light candles and sing the Alma Mater. Immediately following the ceremony the sophomores ring the sophomore bell the number of years the university has been in existence.
Homecoming –October 20, 2012
Crusader Knights – February 15-16, 2013 The Class of 1994 held the first Crusader Knights in the Fall of 1993. It is a two-night, themed event for the men of UMHB. The competition includes a group opening number, short video-skits created by the participants showing their personality and talent, and the individuals walking in evening attire. The winner is dubbed Mr. Crusader Knight by the university president.
Homecoming provides opportunities for graduates and former students to return to campus and connect with former classmates and the university. The first Homecoming was held in 1909 and over the years has been held in either the Fall or Spring. Students and alumni together celebrate Homecoming in the Fall to include Football activities. Selection of the Homecoming Court and the pep rally with fireworks are some of the new events established by students.
Stunt Night – October 19, 2012
Ring Ceremony - April 19, 2013
Stunt Night is a competition among the four classes that builds a bond between members and creates class spirit. It began in 1909 when George Rosborough, the physical education instructor, initiated Stunt Night to give the campus residents, who could not go home, an activity during the Christmas holidays. The Stunt Night committee selects a theme for the event, allowing the class directors time to prepare a skit and an original song. The winning class has the honor of decorating the Stunt Night blanket which is then displayed in the Musick Alumni Center and Museum for a year.
When the university marked its sesquicentennial in 1995, students, alumni, faculty and staff began establishing new traditions to propel UMHB into the 21st century. An important step in this direction was to custom design an official school ring. The new ring carries symbols and features chosen to distinguish a UMHB student from all others and serve as a lasting symbol of proud traditions. The UMHB ring is a visible, tangible manifestation of that ever-present bond between UMHB and its alumni.
Charter Day - February 1, 2013
Charter Day celebrates the history and heritage of the university and commemorates the initial signing of the school’s charter on February 1, 1845. Observed on the first Wednesday of each February the students, faculty, staff and alumni honor the founders and acknowledge the university’s history. Sophomores ring the college bell and seniors place a wreath at the grave of Judge R.E.B. Baylor located in Heritage Plaza.
Midnight March – April 19, 2013 Midnight March provides an opportunity for students to honor their friendships with each other and exhibit their loyalty to the university. During the week prior to Midnight March, seniors give candles to special friends and invite them to attend the event. Seniors walked through each dorm, covering each floor of the dorm as they sang “Up with the Purple.” As seniors passed the rooms of special friends, they “dipped” their candles in a sign of friendship. Because of the increased popularity of this event, and the increased number of candles in use, and concerns about the possibility of a fire, Midnight March was moved to Vann Circle. It continues to be held at outside locations and concludes at the Senior Bell with seniors leading the student body in the “Alma Mater” and ringing the senior bell.
Miss MHB Pageant - November 9-10, 2012 The Miss MHB Pageant provides opportunities for young women to gain confidence and poise and to develop friendships through competition. Formerly called Miss Bluebonnet, the recognition of campus beauties was sponsored by the staff of the yearbook, the Bluebonnet. During the 1940s, the student body selected 15 nominees who submitted two photos of themselves which were judged by various celebrities. The pageant evolved over the year and the current pageant is a two-evening event and is primarily student-produced. Classes and student organizations select their representatives. Judges interview the contestants, listen to their platforms, and evaluate them on the group opening dance number, individual talent and evening gown stroll. Miss MHB and three runners-up are named and each one receives a scholarship for the semester following their selection.
Easter Pageant – March 27, 2013 The Easter Pageant, an outdoor drama depicting Christ’s last days on earth, is presented yearly on the Wednesday afternoon prior to Easter Sunday. The idea for the first pageant is credited to Dr. Gordon Singleton, MHB president 19381952. The drama teacher, Cynthia Sory, was given $25 to spend on the production for costumes and props. Increased attendance over the years has necessitated extending the pageant to three performances with attendance by over 5,000 people. The set has grown from a few stones and tables to a complete village, temple, palace, live animals and crucifixion site. In addition, children of faculty and staff members play an important role in depicting families in the day of Christ. The university president appoints the students who portray the roles of Christ and Mary. To be selected for one of these positions is a great honor. Robing Ceremony - April 19, 2013 Robing symbolizes the passing of the student leadership from the Senior Class to the Junior Class. The specific origin of the robing ceremony is not known, but it may have occurred as early as 1902. Seniors place their caps and gowns on the juniors, and this is the first time the Juniors are allowed to sing the alumni/senior song, “Up with the Purple.” Since 2007, Robing has been held on the Friday of Midnight March with Class Ring Ceremony.
Section 1: Academics The UMHB Undergraduate and Graduate course catalogs are published each summer for the following academic year. These catalogs include detailed information for students regarding registration, academic standards, financial aid, scholarships, classroom expectations and ethics, course information, student awards and honors, and much more.
Specific undergraduate catalog links: •
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Classroom Expectations and Ethics
Academic Appeal Process
Class Attendance Policy
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Dropping or Adding Courses Financial Information
Grade Point Average (GPA) Grade Reports
Grading System Graduation
Incomplete Grades Registration
Repeating a Course
Transcript of University Credits
Withdrawal From the University
Section 2: Student Life Higher Calling
We believe that a higher education means more than advancing intellect. We believe it should build character, inspire faith, and prepare our students for lives of meaningful service and leadership.
At UMHB, students will find a full calendar of activities, from recreational sports and fitness to concerts, student organizations and special events. With so many opportunities, it’s easy to get involved.
An Atmosphere of Excellence
UMHB is here to give students the support, the opportunities, and the resources they need to help them develop as creative and critical thinkers.
Spiritual Life Church Participation All students are encouraged to attend and participate in a local church. Students looking for a church in the Belton area should check with Spiritual Life for college ministries, worship times, and locations. Spiritual Formation Various devotionals and Bible studies are held on campus throughout the week along with prayer time.
Prayer Requests Student prayer requests may be submitted to Spiritual Life or the University Chaplain.
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“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:37-40 ●
Baptist Student Ministry
The Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) is the primary student organization charged with encouraging and equipping students in spiritual growth and ministry. While it is sponsored by Baptists, it encourages and includes involvement of students from diverse backgrounds. BSM is located on campus at 8th and Pearl St.
Chapel An education offered by UMHB includes experiences to develop the mind, the body, and the spirit. Chapel attendance and participation is considered an integral part of the educational process. Chapel is recognized and appreciated as one of the distinctive features of a Christian university.
There are approximately 15 chapel programs each semester, and sections meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. in the W.W. Walton Chapel. Students will register for and attend one chapel section.
Students are encouraged and welcomed to attend chapel services, whether or not chapel credit is required.
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Great care is taken to provide meaningful programs with quality program personnel. The spirit and attitude of the student is important in making the chapel program all it is designed to be. Appropriate chapel etiquette is as follows: • Being respectful, courteous and responsive to our guest speakers, musicians, and artist. • Being on time. • Being fully present. Participation through reverence (refrain from talking, whispering, or texting). • Chapel needs the same worshipful attitude given to any worship service. • Silencing cell phones. • Remain in your seat until the chapel program is dismissed. • Not using chapel for study time (reading books, magazines, newspapers, etc.).
For chapel attendance requirements, click here. the chapel schedule, click here.
For more information and to see
The Campus Activities Office is located on the first floor of the Mabee Student Center. This office is the student information center of the university. Camus Activities oversees various events, activities, and concerts. The Campus Activities Board is a student organization that plans and staffs these activities for the students and their families throughout the year. Membership is open to all students.
In addition, this office approves and posts all information about UMHB’s events and provides students with information about planning/advertising/promoting student events
Campus recreation offers fitness classes, sports leagues, intramural competitions, outdoor information recreation, tournaments, special events, and workshops. All students participate in recreation activities at their own risk.
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courts and basketball courts, and the Campus Recreation building.
When other groups are not using the recreation gym and pool in the Mayborn Center, students are welcome to use these facilities for informal pick-up games or lap swimming.
Rec Field â€“ The Rec Field is located just off University Drive. The rec field may be used any time there is not a scheduled event or activity class. In order for the lights to be turned on at the rec field, a minimum of 8 students/participants must be present. The majority of participants must have a valid CruCard. No golf practice is allowed on the rec field.
Sport Courts - The sport courts are located just off of Crusader Way between McLane Hall and Beall Hall. The rec field may be used any time there is not a scheduled event or activity class. Lights for the sport courts can be turned on any time after dusk by swiping a studentâ€™s CruCard. The majority of participants using the UMHB sport courts must have a valid CruCard.
Rec Equipment - Tennis equipment, basketballs, volleyballs and other outdoor recreational equipment like disc golf targets, Spike Ball, badminton nets/racquets, etc. may be checked out from the Campus Recreation Office located between the rec field and the sport courts.
UMHB Sader Belles The Sader Belles are a group of female athletes responsible for promoting spirit and sportsmanship at school functions, and serving as a performing group representing the university. They can be seen performing at UMHB Football, Volleyball, and Basketball games, as well as various community events and dance competitions.
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UMHB Cru Cheer The Crusader cheer program promotes school spirit in support of the University's athletic teams, student body, faculty, staff and alumni. CRU Cheer strives to serve as elite representatives of the UMHB student body as well as ambassadors of the University throughout the community. The team can be seen on the sidelines of CRU football and basketball games as well as several events throughout the community.
Cultural Affairs/Community Service
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor provides for students, faculty, and staff programs, symposiums, seminars, and performance art opportunities that promote and celebrate the cultural diversity of the university family. In addition, we emphasize and encourage students and employees to be involved in community service.
Two formal opportunities of outreach (one per semester) are organized to involve the UMHB family in learning the importance of community service. Reaching Out is a studentled, UMHB-sponsored event giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to serve in various organizations in the community. Students are supported as they develop skills to work in a diverse campus population and in the community.
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International Student Services
This office is the first personal contact with UMHB for most international students. Its staff assists with the documents that enable international students to obtain visas to enter the United States. Once at UMHB, these students will find assistance in many areas, such as adjusting to life in an American university setting, starting in their UMHB academic experience, complying with university procedures and immigration rules and regulations. An orientation program, required of all new international students, provides basic information for the start of their academic career at this university. The students should maintain close contact with the office of International Student Services during their entire tenure at UMHB especially for issues relating to their immigration status.
Student Government Association The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice of the students. SGA is charged with submitting recommendations to the President's Council that is consistent with the wants and needs of the UMHB student body. It also organizes and promotes various campus events.
SGA is comprised of two branches: 1) Legislative - six class officers from each of the four classes, a non-traditional student representative, a student-athlete representative, a graduate student representative and an international student representative, and 2) Executive â€“ three elected and four appointed executive cabinet offices. Each class has a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, senator, and chaplain. The executive cabinet consists of three elected positions: Student Body President, Internal Vice President, and the External Vice President. The executive cabinet then appoints the Director of Finance and Organizations, Director of Programs and Public Relations, Director of Spiritual Life, and Director of Resources.
Student Organizations UMHB has approximately sixty-five chartered student organizations, including religious and cultural organizations, academic and honor societies, leadership and service clubs, and sport and spirit clubs. All organizations seeking recognition must be approved by the Student Government Association, Vice President for Student Life and ultimately, the President of UMHB. Organizations will not be recognized if their goals and purposes are contrary to the goals and purposes of the University. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
The Student Organizations Manual contains important information regarding: • • •
Planning a student event Reserving a campus venue for a student event Fundraising and Media rules
The Bells, UMHB’s university newspaper is one of the oldest college publications in Texas. UMHB is a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and Associated Collegiate Press. The university’s newspaper is published in print and online every two weeks during the fall and spring semesters by mass communication students, who have won numerous journalism scholarships and state, regional and national awards, including Society of Professional Journalists collegiate awards. A limited number of paid staff positions are available during the fall and spring semesters to students who excel in their publications work and are interested in writing, editing, photography, videography, broadcast and page design.
The Bluebonnet is UMHB’s award-winning yearbook. The Bluebonnet depicts student activities, campus organizations, athletics and various other special events that occur throughout the academic year. A limited number of work study positions are available for students who have experience with yearbook layout and design or are willing to learn and for those who have a passion for photography.
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Section 3: Student Housing The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers a variety of student housing options including traditional residence halls, apartment-style housing, and campus houses. Each facility is administered by a Resident Director (RD) who is a full-time university employee residing on premises. To view information about each residential facility, please click here. Living in student housing, while a privilege, is also an integral part of the process by which students acquire maturity and develop skills in interpersonal relations. Cultivating a higher level of independence and self-reliance are important components of the overall educational experience at UMHB. The university normally accepts applications for space in the traditional residence halls from full-time, degree-seeking, unmarried students who have no dependents living with them. Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are required to reside in student housing unless one of the following criteria is met: • Will reside with a spouse, parent or guardian within commuting distance • Will have 48 accumulated hours • Will be 21 years of age on or before the first day of class • Will attend the university as a part-time student Note: This policy applies to fall/spring semesters only.
Students over the age of 25 may be eligible for placement within multi-occupancy units in apartment-style housing. Student housing is limited and typically not available for all students who desire to live on campus. Students wishing to request special consideration with respect to student housing should contact the Director of Residence Life as early as possible. Resident students are responsible for obtaining a copy of the Guide to Campus Housing or accessing it on-line. Resident students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies stated in the Guide to Campus Housing.
Only students may reside in student housing. Visitors are allowed in the student housing areas under certain circumstances
The university reserves the right to change student room or housing assignments its sole discretion and to withhold or withdraw housing from students for cause.
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Student Housing Exception It is within the discretion of the Dean of Students to make exceptions to the residence living requirement. The basis for exceptions may include cases of significant hardship, documented medical necessity, and/or lack of available, on-campus housing.
Please click here for information on how to apply for the exception to student residency requirement.
Housing Application and Assignment Process
To be eligible for student housing, an individual must be enrolled and attend as a student in the university and should carry a minimum of 12 semester hours for undergraduates and 9 semester hours for graduate students (full-time status). A student who does not maintain full-time student status, but wishes to continue residing in student housing, may request an exception to the Dean of Students.
New applicants: Once a student is accepted for admission to UMHB, a student housing application may then be submitted. Completing the process includes submitting the following: • • • • •
Housing application Required deposit amount Health form Required meningitis vaccine documentation (required of all UMHB students, regardless of housing status). Waiver
For more information about the housing application process and the requirements for submitting meningitis immunization records, click here.
Student Housing Occupancy License
Each resident student will be required to sign an Occupancy License prior to occupancy of student housing. By signing this form, the resident student acknowledges the following: • • •
Acceptance of a housing assignment for a specified period. Acceptance of financial responsibility for payment of rents owed on the assigned space, which includes responsibility for payment even if the space is not occupied and the resident did not make appropriate notification to the Residence Life Office. A monetary fine may also be owed if a resident signed an Occupancy License, but chose to attend and live off-campus even though the student does not meet the criteria for living off-campus and did not gain permission to live off-campus from the Dean of Students. The monetary fine will be assessed for each semester the student is not in compliance with the policy.
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Other sanctions for violating the rules about living on campus may apply, as determined by the Dean of Students.
Guidelines for Apartment-Style Student Housing • • • •
Students who have at least 48 accumulated hours or who are 21 years of age or older are eligible to apply for apartment-style student housing. A student must have full-time student status during the semester of occupancy. The university reserves the right to make assignments outside of the general guidelines when necessary. The university reserves the right to move students to other apartments, off-campus apartment complexes, or into other residence halls when necessary.
Student Housing Cancellations, Withdrawals, and Refunds
All cancellations must be made in writing directly to the Residence Life Office. For new applicants, the entire UMHB enrollment deposit amount is refundable until May 1st. After May 1st, only the housing deposit portion can be refunded.
Inspections of Student Housing Members of the Residence Life staff or other UMHB employees or agents will, at times, be required to enter a resident’s room, apartment, or campus house in the performance of their job duties. If it is necessary to enter a room, the staff member will knock first, but if there is no answer or the student does not open the door, entry with a key may be required. Residents should respond by opening the door when a staff member identifies him/herself.
The university reserves the right to remove, store and/or dispose of any prohibited item found in a student’s housing, belongings, or assigned storage. In most cases, the student will be required to remove the item. If contraband, such as weapons, alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or any item that could potentially present a danger to residents, is found, university staff can remove the item immediately. The university also reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal computer if it is suspected that illegal and/or pornographic material is being viewed or stored on that computer using the university internet connection within a university facility, including a residence hall or apartment.
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Section 4: Student Services Bookstore
The UMHB Bookstore provides official University of Mary Hardin-Baylor textbooks, apparel and supplies. Purchase of new and used textbooks, official University of Mary HardinBaylor gear, apparel and gifts may be completed online. The UMHB Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Mabee Student Center.
The Bursar's Office provides billing and receipting of student tuition and fees along with various university cashiering functions. The office is located in the Sanderford Administration Building. Students are responsible for reviewing their account statements online on the MyCampus website and monitoring Sadermail for important communications from the Bursar’s Office. Errors in billing should be reported to the Bursar’s office during the first two weeks of each semester. For student Financial Information, click here.
Return of Title IV Funds - If a student withdraws or stops attending classes before 60% of a semester is completed, a portion of Title IV funds (federally funded financial aid including loans) must be returned in accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations. This may result in an amount being owed to UMHB by the student. If a student fails to earn a passing grade in at least one class, the student is deemed by the U.S. Department of Education to have unofficially withdrawn. The student must provide evidence of participation in an academically related activity after 60% of the semester to avoid return of Title IV funds.
UMHB Career Services assists students and alumni in the development of life-long career decision-making and job search skills to enhance their career satisfaction and employment opportunities. Services include: • Career Path Coaching • Interest Inventory Assessments • Job Exploration and Outlook • Individual Job Search Strategy • Resume Clinics • Mock Interviews • Career Internet and Resource Data • Job and Career Fairs • Professional and Graduate School Information • Reference and Credential Files • Business Manners, Dress for Success, and Etiquette Programs UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
The Meadows Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is designed to support students in their pursuit of academic success. The center is located on the first floor of Hardy Hall. The CAE provides individual support for students seeking assistance. Personalized success plans are developed through a partnership between the student and a CAE staff person and are intended to map clear directions for improving academic performance. FREE tutors are provided for a variety of courses. Generally, tutors are available in the areas of English, math, religion, biology, and chemistry. Tutors from other subject areas may be secured and scheduled upon request to meet student needs. Tutors are recommended by faculty to the (CAE) Staff. Private rooms are available for tutoring or studying. A larger Study Zone provides individual study space and areas for groups to work together.
Resources Library College success, note taking, listening, test taking, stress management, time management, and other such topics are addressed through a number of different resources available to students upon request. Private rooms are also available for studying and tutoring.
Registration and Orientation Program In partnership with various campus offices, the CAE coordinates new student registration and orientation. These events include advising, registration, and an orientation program developed to help new students succeed at UMHB. Registrants are given the opportunity to visit the campus and meet with academic advisors who assist them in their pursuit of educational plans and programs.
Advising Throughout a student’s time at UMHB, a faculty member will serve as academic advisor. Advisors genuinely care about students’ academic success and will meet with students to ensure their needs are met. The following are ways in which advisors may be of service to students: • Establish a trusting, confident, working relationship with students • Serve as a source for information related to a student’s major • Assist in selecting a major and choosing classes • Assist in solving various concerns that arise UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
The CruCard Office, located in the Sanderford Administrative Complex, issues IDs for all members of the campus community. Each student is required to have an identification (ID) card (CruCard) which must be carried at all times. Students will use this card in the following ways: • • • • •
as a library card, as the meal card, to record attendance at chapel, for photo identification to cash checks or receive student work checks, to gain admission to free activities on campus, most athletic events, and campus concerts, to get student discounts to events, and to gain access to residence halls and certain apartments after closing hours.
If a student loses their CruCard, they should immediately report it lost here in order to disable the lost card and visit the CruCard Office as soon as possible to obtain a replacement card. A fifteen dollar fee must be paid in the Bursar’s Office prior to picking up a replacement card in the CruCard Office. All funds and privileges are automatically transferred to the new CruCard. If a student withdraws during the year, he/she must surrender his/her identification card to the Registrar.
A student ID may be credited with CruCash, a university and participating local merchant student cash account system. A wide range of local merchants accept a student’s ID for payment of goods and services. The university is not responsible for lost funds due to loss or theft of a student’s CruCard.
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Professional and confidential clinical counseling services are available to students in need of assistance with a wide variety of issues. Diagnostic testing/evaluation, crisis counseling, stress management, and a range of other emotional issues are addressed, as appropriate, on an individual and support group basis.
Free counseling services are offered to currently enrolled students on a short-term basis by appointment only. When appropriate, referrals are made to mental health providers in the local area. If a student wishes to continue counseling services beyond short-term, UMHB counselors may be available on a fee-for service basis, as schedules permit. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with state regulations and disclosure of information is made only with the written consent of the student, unless required by law. Please note: Due to ethical conflicts of interest, the Department of Psychology faculty, the Graduate Counseling and Psychology faculty, and the UMHB Community Life Center do not conduct private student counseling and are not affiliated with the Counseling Center.
Digital Media/Copy Center
For services including copies, color copies, lamination, binding, media duplication, and transparencies, please visit the Digital Media Center on 11th Street.
Disabled Student Services and Accommodations
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, or in the operation of any of its programs and activities. The UMHB Counseling and Testing Center is available to assist students with disability-related issues including reasonable accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the studentâ€™s responsibility to request disability accommodations.
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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor makes available a broad range of financial assistance to qualified students. Most financial aid is awarded in accordance with demonstrated need for assistance, as determined by use of the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Certain University scholarships are awarded upon the basis of excellence in academics or proficiency in a particular field of study or activity.
All financial aid is granted for no more than a nine month academic period. Financial aid is renewable each year, upon reapplication, if the student is in good academic standing. Possible changes in the amount of aid for each succeeding year may occur because of changes in funding levels and applicantsâ€™ financial data. There is no deadline to apply for financial aid; however, the priority date is March 1st of each year.
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UMHB’s food service is operated by Sodexo. The dining hall is located in Hardy Hall. The dining hall serves “All You Care to Eat.” Guests are welcome to eat in the dining hall by paying the attendant on duty. Sack lunches are available to the students who cannot go to the dining hall during dining period(s). Timely arrangements must be made through the Dining Hall Manager. Every student who resides in the traditional residence halls must purchase a meal plan. This is included in the cost of housing. The Dean of Students may grant exceptions on a case by case basis. Note: All students living in apartment style housing receive $100 CruCash included in housing rate to be used anywhere CruCash is accepted (on or off campus). If an exception or a special diet is requested due to medical necessity, the university reserves the right to require supporting medical documentation. Most special diet requests can be met. Students who require a special diet must contact the Dean of Students. University Dining Services uses the student‘s CruCard (UMHB student ID card) as the meal card. CruCards are also accepted in the Crusader Café (located in the SUB) and the Freshens snack bar (located in Mayborn Campus Center. Students are expressly forbidden to allow others to use their CruCard to purchase meals. A person who allows another person to use his/her CruCard may be subject to disciplinary action. In the university’s food services facilities, students are expected to: Present their CruCard promptly to the cashier. The manual entering of a CruCard number is for emergency use only and will be determined by the cashier on duty. Conduct themselves in a courteous and orderly manner. Avoid yelling and making excessive noise. Wait courteously in line. Avoid lengthy visiting with friends who are employees of the dining hall. Keep all food or drink in the dining hall, unless special permission is obtained. Clean up at the table and return dishes and utensils after eating.
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UMHB operates a Health Center which provides limited healthcare resources for students. The UMHB Health Services Center is available at no cost to UMHB students during regular business hours, with or without an appointment. The Health Services Center is located on the third floor of the Mabee Student Center.
A vital component of the university experience for UMHB students is a healthy lifestyle. The goals of the UMHB Health Services Center are to educate students on health issues and encourage healthy lifestyles. Health fairs, wellness screenings, and health topic presentations are examples of UMHBâ€™s effort to educate and empower students to make informed decisions about their health. A full-time Registered Nurse is available during published hours of operation and serves as Coordinator of UMHB Health Services Center and provides a range of student health services, including first aid, nursing assessment for wellness and illness, immunizations, patient education, and referrals to local healthcare providers and community health resources, if needed.
UMHB assumes no responsibility for medical expenses incurred by students and strongly recommends all students to maintain individual medical insurance. Various health insurance applications are available for the studentâ€™s convenience at the health center. It is up to the individual student/parent to choose which healthcare plan would best meet their needs.
Some medical insurance policies require students to use an approved network of doctors, hospitals, and clinics. Students should contact their insurance carrier for details and if applicable, obtain a list of approved healthcare providers in the Belton/Temple area and determine what steps, if any, are necessary to change their point of service (POS) to this area. UMHBâ€™s zip code is 76513. Students should have their medical insurance card with them while attending UMHB.
Immunizations UMHB strongly recommends that students maintain current immunizations. The Texas Department of Health publishes a list of suggested immunizations for each age group.
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Bacterial Meningitis immunization is REQUIRED by state law Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Texas requires all first-time students (or transfer students if 29 years or younger) to obtain the Meningitis Vaccine or booster within 5 years prior to a student’s admission date. Students must submit a copy of his/her shot record showing this immunization to UMHB no later than ten (10) days prior to the first day of the semester of a student’s initial enrollment. The local health department offers this immunization at a reduced rate; students are encouraged to contact them or a local healthcare provider if immunizations are needed.
Texas law also requires that all new college students be provided with information regarding meningococcal disease. Bacterial meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress very quickly. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year.
What are the symptoms? • High fever Stiff neck • Light sensitivity Confusion and sleepiness • Nausea/Vomiting Lethargy • Severe headache Rash or purple patches on skin • Seizures
The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear seek immediate medical attention.
How Is Meningitis Diagnosed? • Diagnosis is made by a medical provider and is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood tests. • Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery.
How Do I get Meningitis? • The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions. • Coming into close contact with carriers, sharing such items as drinking glasses, and even kissing are ways of spreading and/or becoming infected with the disease. • Examples of such carriers would be roommates, close friends, or classmates in a relatively small classroom. Because of these factors, students at institutions of higher education are considered to be at increased risk. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
What can happen to me if I catch Meningitis? • Death (in 8 to 24 hours from perfectly healthy to dead) • Permanent brain damage • Kidney failure • Learning disability • Hearing loss, blindness • Limb damage (fingers, toes, arms, legs) that requires amputation • Multiple other medical problems
What Can I Do? • Antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and chances of recovery are increased. However, permanent disability or death can still occur. • Meningococcal vaccination reduces the risk of catching the disease. For additional information regarding Meningitis: • Contact your primary care provider • Contact the UMHB Health Center • Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services (1-888-963-7111)
Additional Student Health requirements: • A Medical History Form is required for all students who reside in campus housing all international students
• TB Tests - If a student has been outside the US in the last year for more than a 2 week period, a TB skin test is recommended. International students from countries identified as “TB high-risk” (source: World Health Organization) are required to submit proof of a TB test. The test results must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the student’s initial enrollment date at UMHB. Either a negative TB skin test or a negative (normal) chest x-ray report will be accepted. Test results may be included on the UMHB Medical History form or scanned and emailed separately to UMHB Health Services.
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The Townsend Memorial Library contains resources to support research in disciplines leading to degrees and collateral material for breadth of comprehension and leisure reading. The library acquires materials in greater depth in those disciplines for which graduate work is offered. Faculty and librarians select materials specifically to support the curriculum. Monographs, full-text journals, and databases provide infrastructure to both undergraduate and graduate research.
Library services are directed to increasing the successful delivery of pertinent information. Professional librarians teach skills to allow the student to determine the extent of information needed from the wide array available. Effectively and critically surveying a subject to identify needed information and evaluating its validity and authority are research techniques taught in classroom and personal instruction that contribute to information literacy and lifelong learning.
The library contains total volume holdings of over 205,000 items, including books, audiovisual materials, and electronic books. More than 110 subscription periodical databases are available for scholarly research. The library subscribes to about 850 print journals and there is online access to more than 80,000 full text journals. NetLibrary provides about 25,000 electronic book titles which are searchable through the library’s online catalog. Current UMHB students who have a valid library account may access library resources electronically from off-campus locations.
Mayborn Campus Center
All students currently enrolled at UMHB are eligible to become members of the Mayborn Campus Center. To become a member, visit the front desk of the Mayborn Campus Center and complete a registration packet.
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
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Students are required to scan their ID card at the card reader for entry into the fitness center, pool, and recreation gym every time they enter the facility. Lockers are available for rent at the Control Desk. Mayborn Center Staff are available to give free equipment orientations to any member upon request. Also, personal training sessions are available for purchase at front desk.
Members are allowed to bring guests into the facility. A guest fee will be charged per visit. Guests must follow all Mayborn Center rules and will be required to complete a waiver and health risk questionnaire before using the facility.
University dress code is enforced. Additionally, closed-toe, clean athletic shoes must be worn. For personal safety, no sandals/ flip flops, steel-toed, or non-athletic shoes are permitted. No bare midriffs, ultra short shorts, see through clothing, excessively tight, seethrough, or cut t-shirts that expose one’s sides are allowed. Blue jeans will not be allowed when using equipment, as rivets can damage upholstery. Recreation Gym “Open Gym” hours vary due to scheduled activities.
The UMHB Post Office, located on the ground floor of the Mabee Student Center, offers many of the same services as a U.S. Postal System Post Office including first class and package mail service to all students. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. All residence hall students automatically receive a post office box free of charge. Students may access box assignments by logging into https:/mycampus.umhb.edu/ics/ The Post Office accepts cash, check and Cru Card as methods of payment. Contact the Post Office at 295-4626 for more information.
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Student Voter Registration UMHB encourages all students to vote. In Texas, voter registration is required at least 30 days prior to voting in an election. Current students who are United States citizens and are of voting age can find voter information specific to their state of residence by visiting this link:
UMHB will also send voter registration information to UMHB students via email periodically.
Constitution Day Each year in September, UMHB hosts a Constitution Day educational program to commemorate the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. Students are encouraged to attend!
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Technology Services Help Desk For assistance with any UMHB Information Technology services, contact the help desk at (254)295-4658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Network Access The UMHB Information Technology department strives to provide students with the technology needed to succeed. Info Tech offers wireless internet in the residential and academic buildings plus online access to registration, grades, and finances.
myCampus The online portal for courses, grades, registration and finances can be accessed at http://mycampus.umhb.edu.
Please see section 7, Rules of Student Conduct regarding technology usage, including social media.
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Testing Services ●
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 ●
The Testing Program provides students opportunities to receive credit in areas of demonstrated academic proficiency. Academic proficiency is measured utilizing credit by examination programs. When academic proficiency is demonstrated, the University is then able to grant the student appropriate advance standing, elective credit, or equivalency credit as approved by University policy. A further benefit of the Testing Program is assisting the student in avoiding academic redundancy where, as aforementioned, demonstrated proficiency is established.
The following examinations are utilized and/or accepted in the Testing Program: • • • • • •
American College Testing (ACT) Program - National and Residual Assessments College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations Departmental Examinations
The Center facilitates protocols, procedures and test administration. These functions are in cooperation with the University Registrar and respective academic departments. Academic departments establish criteria for performance required on Credit by Examination tests and other testing for which credit is waived or granted. Miscellaneous testing services offered at the University include QuickTHEA and foreign language testing. Exams not offered, but for which information bulletins are available, include GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, MAT, ExCET, TExES, NTE, TOPT, and TOEFL. Townsend Memorial Library offers a variety of online practice tests including the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, TOEFL, GMAT, and NCLEX. Simply access the library’s homepage and look for Learning Express Advantage in the list of databases.
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UMHB Alumni Association
The UMHB Alumni Association is dedicated to cultivating relationships, promoting the university, preserving traditions and instilling loyalty in both alumni and current students. The Alumni Association offices are located in the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House, which allows both alumni and current students the opportunity to learn about and experience the history and traditions of the university.
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Section 5: Athletics UMHB is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the American Southwest Conference. Students are encouraged to attend athletic events and admission to all regular season (non-playoff) home contests is free to our students. The American Southwest Conference and UMHB encourage your support of “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive”, a campaign to raise the level of sportsmanship among our spectators. “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive” asks fans to respect the following principles of good sportsmanship: • • • •
Cheer for your team, not against the visitors Don’t get personal in your comments about players, coaches or officials No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing and team bench areas
Athletics Programs offered by UMHB include: • • • • • •
Baseball Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Football Men’s Golf Women’s Golf
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Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Softball Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Volleyball
All student-athletes are required to maintain personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation in UMHB athletic programs. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Section 6: Campus Safety and Security Campus Police
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Police Department provides all law enforcement, traffic enforcement and security services for the University. UMHB police officers are commissioned peace officers who have full authority to enforce the law and make arrests both on campus and off campus when acting within the scope of their assigned duties.
Inclement Weather and University Cancellation Notices
In case of inclement weather, university officials will contact local news stations to disseminate information regarding university classes, office operations and/or event cancellations or delays. Information will also be posted on the university website.
The universityâ€™s mass notification system will also be used, which may include email, text messaging and phone calls.
Weapons on Campus
UMHB policy and state law prohibit the possession of firearms, explosives, weapons, or any item that may be construed as such, on the premises of the university or in any building/property under university control. This prohibition applies regardless of whether a state license to carry a firearm has been issued to the possessor. There are some limited exceptions to this policy such as certified and licensed law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry a firearm. Anyone found violating the universityâ€™s weapons policy shall be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures applicable to students, as well as criminal prosecution.
Reporting a Crime or Emergency
UMHB encourages the reporting of all suspected criminal activity, fires, and hazards. These reports should be made to the UMHB Police Department by phone at 254-295-5555 or 911. Reports may also be made in person at the UMHB Police Department located at 816 College Street. Emergencies occurring off campus may be reported by dialing 911.
In addition, reports of suspected criminal activity may be made to an individual identified as a Campus Security Authority. Information regarding Campus Security Authorities is available here. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
The UMHB Police Department provides safety escorts for any member of the university community from the hours of dusk to dawn. Safety escorts during daylight hours may be provided when documented safety concerns exist. This service is limited to locations on the campus.
The University has installed a series of Emergency Telephones in elevators and at various locations across campus. Upon activation each of these telephones will automatically transmit the location of the activated emergency telephone and place the caller in direct contact with the UMHB Police Department. These telephones can be used to request assistance, report a crime or report an emergency on campus.
Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs
During orientation programs and at various other events on campus, students are informed of services offered by the UMHB Police Department. In addition to seminars, information is also disseminated through crime prevention packets, security alert posters, displays, videos, articles in The Bells, and during residence hall meetings. Additional information on Security Awareness Programs can be found here,
Victims of Criminal Activity The University encourages all victims of criminal activity to report their victimization to the UMHB Police Department or another Campus Security Authority. Information regarding reporting options and services is available at here. Voluntary Confidential Reporting Victims of a crime who do not want to pursue action within the university system or the criminal justice system may still consider making a confidential report. With permission from the victim, a member of the UMHB Police Department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing the victimâ€™s identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with a wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the university can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to any potential danger. Reports filed in the manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the University.
UMHB Campus Police 254-295-5555
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Emergency Preparedness and Alert Systems
In the event of an emergency on campus, the university will activate its Mass Notification System. This system uses a variety of methods to provide information to the UMHB community. The following means of communication comprise the mass notification system: • • • • •
Two outdoor sirens Telephone notification Email notification Intranet/internet notification UMHB TV and Public Broadcast Stations.
Additional information is available here.
It is the responsibility of each student to maintain updated and accurate contact information with the UMHB Registrar’s Office
Timely Warnings When a situation arises either on or off campus that, in the judgment of university administration, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus, a campus-wide warning may be issued. Generally, timely warnings will be posted on the Police Department website and are issued on a case by case basis. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the UMHB Police Department by phone (254-295-5555) or in person at the office located at 816 College Street.
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Parking and Vehicle Rules
Purchasing a vehicle parking decal does not guarantee a parking place, nor does the absence of a parking space constitute a valid justification for violation of parking regulations. Also, the fact that a citation is not issued for an offense does not indicate the regulations have been modified to exclude that offense. The university’s parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Enforcement areas include all property owned and/or under the control of the university. • • •
Student parking spaces are marked with YELLOW lines. Students may not park in spaces marked with WHITE lines. These spaces are reserved for faculty, staff, handicapped parking or visitors. Certain parking lots are designated for commuter students ONLY
A motor vehicle includes, but is not limited to, automobiles, trucks, mopeds, motorcycles, etc. Off-road vehicles, other than those operated by the university, are prohibited on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who park a vehicle on campus are required to have a valid parking decal properly displayed on their vehicle. Guests and vehicles driven on a temporary basis are issued visitor passes. All individuals operating a vehicle on campus are expected to know and obey all university regulations and state law regarding the operation of a motor vehicle. Information regarding university parking regulations is available here.
The University Police Department makes an effort to provide protection for vehicles parked on campus. However, UMHB assumes no responsibility for losses or damage. When a vehicle is parked, it should be locked and valuables removed or locked in the glove compartment or trunk.
The operation of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege granted by the university. Traffic and parking regulations are established by the University to assure university business is conducted in a safe and orderly manner and to provide parking as conveniently as possible within the limits of space available. By bringing a motor vehicle onto the university’s private property, the operator of the vehicle consents for the university to inspect that motor vehicle, including the truck and glove compartments, and to remove and dispose of or store, as appropriate, any items which are prohibited on campus including alcohol, drugs or weapons.
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Public Access to UMHB Campus
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is private property, accessible to members of the public who have a legitimate need to visit campus. The times in which campus buildings as well as recreational areas are secured will fluctuate throughout the year. Once a building is secured, access is restricted to authorized personnel only. Students needing access to “closed” buildings must provide the campus police department with written authorization from their instructor.
University buildings and facilities are open during normal business hours Monday-Friday and for limited hours on Saturday and Sunday. The campus is considered closed during university approved holidays. Any individual found in or trying to enter a “closed” building is subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Information regarding student and visitor access to residential buildings may be found in the Guide to Campus Housing.
Roller Blades, Skateboards, and Bicycles
These modes of transportation are for outside transportation only and should not be ridden inside any university facility. Excessive speed, stunts, tricks or jumps are prohibited on campus property. Roller blades and skateboards, are permitted on sidewalks and must yield to pedestrians. Bicycles are permitted on streets and should comply with all local and state laws.
Bicycles must be locked to bicycle racks. Bicycles attached to any other device or surface are subject to removal. All bicycles must be removed from campus at the end of the spring semester. Any bicycle left on campus after May graduation will be removed and disposed of at the university’s discretion.
Theft or Loss of Personal Property
The university is not liable for the theft or loss of personal items housed in campus facilities or taken from university property. Students are encouraged to take every precaution against theft, such as locking their doors, identifying personal property and carrying private property insurance. Many students are covered for loss or theft by their parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy. If this is not the case, students are strongly encouraged to consider a renter’s insurance policy for protection. Valuable property should be secured before leaving campus for holidays. All reports of lost or stolen property should be initiated with the UMHB’s Police Department. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Fire Safety, Fire Drills and Fire Alarms
The university has adopted a number of procedures designed to prevent fires on campus, including prohibitions regarding open flames, cooking devices, space heaters, etc. Additional information is located here and also in the Guide to Campus Housing for students who reside on campus.
If you discover a fire or any signs of a fire in a UMHB building, parking lot or on the grounds of the campus, you should immediately notify the UMHB Police Department at (254)2955555 or 911. Upon notification, the UMHB Police Department will initiate a response.
If you observe smoke or other signs of fire in a building, immediately exit the building. As you approach the exit, you will find a red fire alarm pull station. Follow the directions on the pull station to activate the buildingâ€™s fire alarm system.
If you find evidence of a fire that has already been extinguished, and you are not sure whether the police department has responded, please notify the police department so they have the opportunity to investigate and document the incident.
Upon activation of any fire alarm system, all occupants of a building are required to evacuate the building and follow staff directions to the nearest assembly point. When evacuating a building you should: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Use the nearest unaffected exit. Use stairs and not the elevator. Use your hand to test the door for heat prior to attempting to open any closed door. Stay low to the ground and proceed to the nearest exit or shelter in place if you encounter smoke. 5. Close all doors during the evacuation to limit the spread of sire and or smoke. 6. Once you are safely away from the building report the alarm to the University Police Department at 254-295-5555.
All alarm activations are investigated and documented by the UMHB Police Department. In addition to the police departmentâ€™s response, the City of Belton Fire Department is also dispatched and responds to all alarm activations.
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Fire drills Each residence hall conducts two fire drills during each full length semester. The first fire drill during the semester will always be announced before time, and students will be oriented concerning exit routes and other rules. Residential students will be trained in the drill procedure by residence hall staff. Fire drills are not conducted in academic buildings and apartments. It is the responsibility of all occupants of university buildings to be familiar with building exits and follow all instructions given during an evacuation. Fire alarm locations Each residence hall and most academic facilities are equipped with a fire alarm system which may be activated by one or all of the following means; • activation of a manual pull • activation of a heat detector • activation of a smoke detector • activation of a sprinkler system • activation of a standpipe system
Upon activation, an audio/visual warning device will alert the buildings occupants of a potential hazard. Some of the University’s apartments and houses are equipped with single-station automatic smoke detectors. These devices will sound an alarm at the device once smoke is detected.
All of the University’s alarm systems are local alarm systems and are not monitored at a remote location. In addition to fire detection equipment, all UMHB facilities have fire extinguishers located throughout the building. Please use good judgment to determine your capability to extinguish a fire. Never attempt to extinguish a fire unless it is small and manageable and you have been trained to do so. Fire extinguishers are meant for small fires only. Again, it is safer to evacuate the building than try to extinguish a fire if you are unfamiliar with how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Automatic Sprinkler Systems are located in several buildings on campus.
All fire alarm systems and fire suppression systems are inspected on an annual basis by a licensed contractor. In addition, facility services personnel also inspect fire extinguishers on a routine basis.
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Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report (CLERY ACT REPORT)
Crime Statistics required by the Clery Act may be accessed here. A copy of UMHB’s Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report is available for review at here.
This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes and fires that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UMHB and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security. A printed copy of the Clery Act Report can be obtained by contacting the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Campus Police Department at (254) 295-5555.
Sex Offender Registration In compliance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) and the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, all persons required to register as part of the State of Texas’s Sex Offender Registration Program are required to provide notice of their presence on campus, to the UMHB Campus Police Department. Notice should be forwarded by the registering jurisdiction. UMHB reserves the right to publish the names of all registered sex offenders on campus.
Student Physical or Mental Health Emergencies
UMHB is concerned about the well-being of its students. Behavior by a student, including verbal conduct, which demonstrates a desire to inflict harm upon oneself or others, is taken seriously.
The university can impose restrictions or sanctions on a student as the result of a physical or mental health emergency in the manner described below. As with all university policies, the university will apply this policy in a manner which does not illegally discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Physical or Mental Health Emergency Procedures If a student requires assistance because of an immediate crisis or life-threatening situation, the UMHB Campus Police Department should be notified immediately at ext. 5555 or dial 911. If a student observes anyone harming, attempting to harm, or stating intent to harm himself, herself, or another person, the student should report the matter immediately to the UMHB Campus Police, the Dean of Students, or the UMHB Counseling, Testing and Health Services Center. Individual Risk Assessment The Dean of Students or his designee will initiate an individual risk assessment of any student if the Dean has reason to believe that the student has:
1. engaged in or threatened to engage in behavior which creates a direct threat to the health or safety of another person or a high probability of substantial harm to the student himself or herself; 2. contracted a contagious disease or virus which creates a direct threat to the health or safety of another person or a high probability of substantial harm to the student; 3. caused or is likely to cause a substantial disruption in the university's academic or other programs; or 4. damaged or threatened to damage another's property.
The assessment will be made by the Dean of Students or his designee along with such other persons as the university may select to form a Student Threat Assessment Team.
1. The assessment will be based upon the student's conduct, actions, and statements in order to create an individualized and objective assessment of the student's ability to participate safely in the school's programs. 2. The team will consult when necessary with medical or mental health professionals to assist in collecting or interpreting any information. 3. Unless the circumstances make it impractical or impossible, the student will be notified that a threat assessment is being made and provided an opportunity to be heard before any adverse action is taken with respect to the student. 4. Any appropriate accommodations or adjustments will be considered.
The university will take action with respect to a particular student only if it is determined that the situation creates a high probability of substantial harm rather than merely a slightly increased, speculative, or remote risk of harm. Action will never be taken on the basis of generalizations or stereotypes about the effects of a particular disability or condition. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Responses and Interventions The Dean of Students or his designee will notify the student of any restrictions, interventions, or sanctions imposed on the student as a result of the assessment, which may include: • A required course of medical treatment or mental health counseling; • Removal from university housing; • Removal from one or more classes or activities; • Removal from the campus; • Withdrawal from the university; or • Other or additional sanctions or precautions as may be appropriate. Sanctions imposed on a student under this procedure are not disciplinary in nature and will not be entered in the student’s educational records as arising from disciplinary violations. However, if the student violates any restrictions imposed, the violation may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the student disciplinary process. It is the sole responsibility of the student to obtain at his/her expense any services which are necessary as a result of restrictions imposed by the Dean of Students, such as medical treatment, alternative lodging or academic tutoring. All alternative lodging arrangements must be approved by the Dean of Students or his designee.
Appeals Process A student may appeal the Dean of Student’s decision by making a written appeal to the Vice President for Student Life within ten (10) calendar days after the decision. The student may submit medical evaluations, statements, or other pertinent information along with the appeal.
The Vice President for Student Life shall review any material provided by the student, the individual assessment, the decision of the Dean of Students, and such other information as he or she may consider appropriate. A decision on the appeal shall be made within five (5) business days or as soon thereafter as practical. The student shall be notified in writing of the Vice President for Student Life’s decision. Any restrictions, interventions, or sanctions shall remain in effect before and during the appeal unless the Vice President for Student Life determines otherwise.
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decision, which shall be final. Any restrictions, interventions, or sanctions shall remain in effect before and during the appeal unless the Sr. Vice President for Administration determines otherwise.
Reinstatement Process The restrictions, interventions, or sanctions imposed may be removed only with express permission from the Dean of Students. Upon the student’s request for reinstatement, the Dean of Students will clearly communicate to the student a specific reinstatement process, which may include: • Evaluation by a qualified health care professional. If the situation constitutes a medical or psychological emergency, the student may use a local emergency room physician. If the student is currently under the care of a qualified health care professional, that person may evaluate the student. If the student is not currently in treatment, he or she will need to contact the qualified health care provider of his/her choice. If the student needs assistance with this process, he or she may contact the Student Development Office. • Communication of evaluation results by the qualified health care professional to the Dean of Students. This will require written authorization by the student to the healthcare professional. Evaluation results must substantiate (1) the readiness of the student to return to residential facilities, classes, and/or activities, and (2) any recommendations for continuing treatment. For preliminary purposes, the health care professional may communicate this information verbally; however, it is mandatory that written evaluation results be provided promptly. • Reinstatement interview with the Dean of Students. The student must schedule an interview with the Dean of Students during office hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday). If the dean is not available, the student may contact the Vice President for Student Life or the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.
If the Dean of Students determines that the student is able to resume restricted activities, the student will be provided a reinstatement letter.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor takes student safety seriously and will investigate any report received concerning a missing student, whether a residential or commuter student.
Anyone who believes a student is missing should immediately report their concern to the UMHB Campus Police, the Dean of Students, the Provost, the Vice President for Student Life or other university administrative staff. UMHB employees will refer all missing student reports to the campus police without delay.
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In compliance with Section 488 of the Higher Education Act of 2008, the university has specific procedures regarding missing students. Upon notification from any source that a student may be missing, UMHB personnel will attempt to locate the missing student, which may include: • • • • • •
Inspecting the student’s assigned room Conducting a search of campus locations to find the student (library, cafeteria, etc.) Attempting to contact known friends or faculty members for last sighting or additional contact information Accessing card entry logs to determine last use of the student’s ID card and track the card for future uses Accessing student’s vehicle registration information for vehicle location and distribution to authorities Reviewing email logs for last login and use of the UMHB email system.
Within 24 hours of the time the university makes a determination that a student is missing, the university will: (1) contact the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is a minor, (2) contact any person identified in the student’s file as the emergency contact person for this purpose and (3) notify external law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
More topics related to campus safety and security can be found by following these links: Student Help in Crime Prevention UMHB Campus Police Services and Crime Prevention General Safety Registered Sex Offender information Vehicle Parking Permits and Restrictions Temporary Parking Decals Vehicle Parking Permit Display Traffic Violations and Fines Suspension of Parking Privileges Disability Accommodations for Parking Visitor Parking Appealing a Citation Bicycle Registration UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Section 7: Rules of Student Conduct General Rules of Student Conduct
A student’s enrollment at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is considered by the university to be a declaration of acceptance of the university’s standards of conduct. While attending UMHB, a student is expected to obey the laws of the United States, the State of Texas and the City of Belton. Each student is a representative of UMHB and its Christian standards and therefore is expected to demonstrate appropriate conduct BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS. All local, state and federal laws are supported by the university. Therefore, any such violations are subject to discipline by civil authorities as well as university officials. Students who engage in these behaviors on or off campus may expect disciplinary action to be imposed by the university. The Dean of Students can suspend a student pending action for alcohol or drug use or other serious infractions.
Change of Name or Address
Students who change their local or home address after registration, or change their name after enrollment are expected to notify the Registrar of this change immediately. A legal document, such as a marriage license, divorce decree allowing a name change, or a court document is required for any name change. Any communication mailed from the university to the name and address on record in the Registrar’s Office will be considered to have been properly delivered, and the student is responsible for the information contained therein. Forwarding Address: Students are expected to leave a forwarding address with the university Post Office when withdrawing or graduating. Address/name changes (documentation required for all name changes) after graduation should be completed through the UMHB Alumni Office.
Children in the Classroom
One of the advantages employees and students have at UMHB is the family atmosphere created by the small size of the UMHB classes and the value placed on people in our learning community. The value placed on people also makes it necessary for the university to provide employees and students a comfortable, safe, and non-distracting work or study environment. Students should not bring children into the classroom. Occasional needs or emergency situations should be discussed with students’ instructors. This policy is designed to be people-sensitive both in emergencies and in the day-to-day functioning of the university. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Policy Regarding Alcohol and Drug Use
The university is committed to the spiritual, mental, social, and emotional development of students and believes that growth in these areas is greatly impaired by mind-altering substances. Education and learning are especially impaired by alcohol abuse and other drug use. It is the goal of the university to provide a drug-free environment in which to live, work and learn, to discourage the use of alcohol or drugs and to promote sobriety. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has a strict policy regarding students’ use of alcohol or drugs, regardless of the student’s age. The possession, use, sale, purchase, manufacturing, or distribution of alcohol, illegal or controlled substances, mind or perception altering drugs, or the misuse of chemicals such as glues or solvents, at any time, whether on or off campus, is a violation of the Student Standards of Conduct. The only exception is the lawful use of prescription medications by the person for whom the medication was intended or the reasonable use of over-the-counter medications for their intended purpose. Any student who engages in conduct that violates the UMHB Student Standards of Conduct or federal, state, or local laws is subject to discipline whether or not civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.
If a student violates this policy, at a minimum, the university will impose a disciplinary penalty of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time. Other penalties that may be imposed include suspension, suspension of rights and privileges, payment for damage to or misappropriation of property, expulsion, or such other penalty deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
Exceptions to Disciplinary Action: In order to encourage students to seek medical attention if necessary for themselves or other students and to promote students’ safety, the university will not impose disciplinary sanctions for violation of the alcohol policy against a student who: • • •
requested emergency medical assistance in response to the possible alcohol overdose of the student or another person; was the first person to make the request for medical assistance; and if the student requested emergency medical assistance for the possible alcohol overdose of another person, remained on the scene until the medical assistance arrived; and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel.
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Available Drug or Alcohol Counseling and Rehabilitation Services UMHB Counseling, Testing & Health Services offers confidential and anonymous referral information regarding community substance abuse resources. UMHB Counseling, Testing & Health Services’ Alcohol and Drug Education Program offers a variety of educational programs related to college students and the use of alcohol or other drugs. Printed information and confidential educational consultations are available to students to assist them with alcohol and/or other drug-related questions or concerns. For information on the health risks of alcohol and drugs, click here.
Call 254-295-4696 or come to the UMHB Counseling, Testing & Health Services (located in Mabee) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to obtain information, request assistance, or schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.
Policy Against Discrimination or Harassment The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions or any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. The university reserves the right to take its religious convictions and principals into account in connection with its policies and decisions. Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment Harassment is verbal or physical conduct by any individual which creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment. If harassment involves age, race, color, sex, disability, gender, national origin, religion or veteran status, it may be a form of illegal discrimination. Harassment is contrary to the Christian standards of conduct expected of all members of the university community. The university prohibits harassment directed at any student, employee, or visitor to UMHB whether or not that conduct is illegal in the eyes of the law. Examples of harassment include: • communicating verbally or non verbally, through any medium of communication, offensive or degrading jokes, comments or gestures to, about, or in the presence of another person; • degrading jokes, comments or gestures to, about or in the presence of another person; • the harmful or offensive touching or a person’s body or placing them in apprehension of such contact; • using abusive language or directing abusive conduct toward a particular person or group; • communicating rumors, defamatory statements or inflammatory comments, verbally or non verbally, through any medium of communication concerning a particular person or group; • making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual acts of favor; • telling sexually suggestive jokes or posting sexually suggestive notes or cartoons; UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
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comments about a person’s gender characteristics, attire, body or sexual activities (real or imagined); unwelcome sexual flirtations; direct or implied threats concerning submission to sexual advances as a condition of employment, work status, grades, or letters of recommendation; the display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including nude photographs.
Students who violate the university’s harassment policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion and/or termination of student employment status.
Reporting Harassment or Other Discrimination Students who experience or witness any conduct which they believe constitutes harassment are REQUIRED to report such conduct to the Dean of Students, the Vice President for Student Life or the Associate Vice President for Human Resources. All complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly, impartially, and as confidentially as possible. Retaliation against complainants or witnesses is strictly prohibited. Deliberately falsifying a report of harassment is strictly prohibited. Likewise, failure to provide truthful, factual information without malice during an investigation is strictly prohibited. In cases where charges may be brought against a student for harassment, the Student Misconduct Disciplinary Process will apply. Grievance Process Regarding Harassment and Discrimination Any student who believes that he or she has experienced discrimination or harassment which is prohibited by this policy is encouraged to file a grievance as outlined in the Student Grievance Policy of this handbook
Title IX (Male/Female Equal Rights in Education) Title IX is the comprehensive legislation passed in 1972 which is related to equal rights between men and women in education. It applies to all institutions or organizations which receive any federal funds for education purposes.
The intent of Title IX is to eliminate sex discrimination in admission policies, the treatment of students, and employment practices. Institutions are required to establish a grievance procedure and appoint a Title IX Coordinator who will deal with inequalities and maintain equal opportunity polices. At the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the Title IX Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Deputy Title IX Coordinators are the Dean of Students and the Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance Officer Any student who has a complaint or grievance related to discrimination on the basis of sex or gender equality at UMHB is encouraged to file a grievance as outlined in the Student Grievance Policy of this handbook. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are given the responsibility to dress appropriately and in accordance with the university’s standard of Christian ethics. Within these parameters, students are expected to avoid personal appearance that is distracting while concurrently meeting additional rules related to special events or occasions such as chapel, graduation or other ceremonies. Clothing which displays sexually suggestive materials, or glorifies alcohol, drug use, profanity, tobacco, racism, or other concepts in conflict with Christian principles are strictly prohibited. Faculty may publish in the syllabus specific expectations regarding dress code for attendance in class.
The absence of more specific rules on standards of dress does not excuse students from the duty to exercise individual responsibility for appropriate dress as a member of a Christian academic community.
Policy Against Hazing
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor prohibits all forms of hazing, including solicitation to engage in hazing and aiding and abetting another person who is engaged in hazing.
The following is a summary of Chapter 37, subchapter F. (§§ 37.151-157) of the Texas Education Code, which prohibits hazing in Texas public or private high schools. Texas Education Code §51.936 applies Ch. 37’s prohibition on hazing to institutions of higher education. This summary of Chapter 37 is provided as required by § 51.936(d). Hazing is a criminal violation under Texas law. A person commits an offense if the person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in engaging in hazing; recklessly permits hazing to occur; or has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge to the Dean of Students, campus police or other appropriate university official. Both failing to report hazing and hazing that does not result in serious bodily injury are Class B misdemeanors. Hazing that results in serious bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. Hazing resulting in a death is a state jail felony. An organization found guilty of hazing may be fined $5,000 to $10,000 or, for incidents causing personal injury or property damage, an amount double the loss or expenses incurred because of the hazing incident. It is not a defense to prosecution that the person hazed consented to the hazing activity. Any person reporting a specific hazing incident to the Dean of Students or other appropriate institutional official is immune from civil and criminal liability unless the report is in bad faith or malicious.
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The state law does not limit or affect the university’s right to enforce its own penalties against hazing. The Education Code defines hazing as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” The statute contains a list of conduct which constitutes hazing. Some examples of activities that may meet the definition of hazing and that the university prohibits include, (but may not be limited to): • • • • • • • •
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Paddling in any form, pushing, hitting, or physical threats Creation of excessive fatigue, or forces or coerced participation in calisthenics Physical or psychological shocks Misuse of authority by virtue of one’s class rank or leadership position Striking another student by hand or with any instrument Any form of physical bondage of a student Taking a student to an outlying area and dropping him/her off Forcing a student into a violation of the law or a university rule such as indecent exposure, trespassing, violation of visitations, etc. Forcing, requiring, or endorsing another student to drink alcohol or any other substance and/or providing such alcohol or other substance Theft of property under any circumstances Defacing trees, ground, or buildings Unapproved quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or other such activities; Causing a person to wear, publicly, apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery or morally degrading or humiliating games or activities Late work sessions Other activities not consistent with the rules, regulations, and policies of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Reporting Hazing To make a report of hazing, or to determine if a proposed activity constitutes hazing, contact the Office of the Dean of Students or, if the Dean of Students is not available, to the Campus Police Department. If the hazing incident is currently occurring, it should be reported without delay.
Disciplinary Procedures for Hazing Any allegations of hazing will be investigated. If the investigation yields evidence of hazing, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the individual and/or organization deemed responsible for the hazing. Disciplinary action will follow the processes outlined in the Student Handbook for violations of the student rules of conduct. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
In recognition of the increased use of email as a means of communication, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has established email as a recognized means for sending official information to students. In support of this objective, the university will provide an email account to all students.
The university expects that every student will receive e-mail at his or her university e-mail address and will read e-mail on a frequent and consistent basis. A studentâ€™s failure to receive and read university communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the contents of such communications.
While the easiest way to receive electronic university communication is by using the university's email service directly, an individual may choose to have their university email redirected to another email address at his or her own risk. The university will not be responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors. Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communications sent to his or her university email address.
Policy Regarding Signs, Sidewalk Chalk and Posters
All signs, postings, and sidewalk chalk messages must be approved by the university prior to being distributed. All signs, posters and sidewalk chalk messages must be removed by the organization/individual distributing these items at the conclusion of the event.
Chalking must to be approved by the Campus Activities Office. Only events that are campus-wide or appeal to a major segment of the campus community will be approved. Messages may be placed on UMHB sidewalks and streets with white chalk. Never use colored chalk! Violators will be billed for damages caused by colored chalk stains. Do not chalk on any portion of the buildings, including steps, walls, or on bricks. More information can be found in the Student Organizations manual:
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Policy Regarding Smoking and Tobacco Products
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of its students and employees, and strongly encourages them to abstain from the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products, in accordance with the Surgeon General’s health warnings. Therefore, students who smoke or use other tobacco products are strongly encouraged to seek education, support and assistance in smoking cessation from healthcare providers and community resources (i.e. American Cancer Society). Smoking and the use of tobacco products are strictly prohibited: • • •
inside or within 50 feet of any University-owned building or residences while operating or riding in University-owned vehicles (including carts and mowers) in any other area designated by the university as tobacco or smoke- free.
The university has designated certain outdoor smoking areas on campus which are equipped with appropriate signage and receptacles. Students are required to use receptacles (or to furnish their own, such as spittoon cups) when disposing of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
When students are off-campus representing the university at meetings and other events and/or wearing apparel with the university logo in public venues, they must abide by the smoking/tobacco use rules of that venue. Failure to adhere to these rules regarding smoking and the use of tobacco products may result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the university.
Policy Regarding Solicitation on University Premises
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a private property and as such has the right to control access to university facilities and grounds. It is the policy of the university to restrict solicitation of services and/or products on university property. Students should not allow any solicitor into a residence or other building on campus. Students who are approached by or observe a solicitor on campus should immediately contact the UMHB Police Department at 254-295-5555
All campus organizations/entities that solicit involvement and/or sales to members of the university community must have prior approval from the Dean of Students. Any member of the university who distributes fliers, samples, or posts signs must have in his/her possession authorization from the Director of Campus Activities while engaged in these activities. No form of solicitation that defaces university property or grounds will be permitted.
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Policy Regarding University Information Systems Usage
The information systems (including computers, computer accounts, printers, network access, servers, host systems, network wires, wireless devices, bandwidth, software, electronic mail, Web pages, video systems, voice over IP and document imaging systems) at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor are the property of the university and are provided for the use of UMHB students in support of the programs of the university. The use of information systems is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time for misuse. Users may not, under any circumstances, transfer or confer these privileges to other individuals. • The information systems are owned by the university and are to be used for university related activities only. All access to central information systems, including the issuing of accounts, must be coordinated through the Information Technology Department based upon approval of authorized personnel. • Information systems are to be used only for the purpose for which they are assigned and are not to be used for commercial purposes or non-university related activities. Use of university information system resources should complement the university’s mission and purpose. Registration of domain names using UMHB IP addresses is prohibited. • Students should treat computer programs, electronic mail, and electronic files of other users as confidential unless they have explicitly been made available to other authorized individuals. Authorized personnel (Information Technology Department) may access others’ files when necessary for the maintenance and security of information systems. When performing maintenance, every effort will be made to provide the user with advance notice and to insure the safety and security of users’ files as well as the information systems as a whole. Violations of policies regarding use of university information systems will be reported to the appropriate personnel. • Fraudulent, harassing, sexually explicit, pornographic, offensive or obscene messages or materials are not to be requested, sent, exchanged, printed, displayed, downloaded or stored. UMHB information systems resources should not be used in a manner “that would embarrass or bring discredit to the Baptist General Convention of Texas or to UMHB in the view of their constituencies.” Chain letters, other forms of mass mailings, and non-UMHB official business related mailings are not allowed. • The university has the right at any time to retrieve and view any information stored on its servers and host systems, including email messages. While the university does not routinely monitor users’ email, the university may do so at its discretion in the course of an investigation or in order to enforce the university’s rules. • Individuals must not use a computer, computer account, Web page, or electronic mail accounts which are assigned to other users. Each user is responsible for the proper use of the resource, including proper password protection. UMHB students, faculty, and staff must log out of unattended computers. All passwords must remain confidential and must not be revealed to anyone. • Information system accounts that expire or are terminated, along with the files in the accounts, will be deleted. Restrictions on storage space for e-mail files and UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
messages will necessarily be imposed upon e-mail accounts due to physical hardware limitations. Copyrighted material is not to be copied from or into except as permitted by law and/or by the contract or license agreement with the owner of the copyright. The use of copyrighted material on the UMHB local area network or on UMHB equipment must be in accordance with copyright license agreements. No one should tamper with or deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of UMHB information systems and network services. Any malfunctioning or defective computer equipment and any servers performing unauthorized network administrative operations (i.e.: DHCP, DNS, POP3, SMTP, FTP Host, HTTP Host, etc.) will be disconnected without prior notification. UMHB information systems and network services may not be extended to provide access to anyone outside of the UMHB community for any purpose without prior authorization from UMHB’s Information Technology Department. Network services, including wires, network jacks, and wireless network access, may not be modified, extended or expanded beyond the original access point. Unauthorized network devices (i.e. routers, switches, hubs, wireless access points, etc.) are not permitted to be connected to the UMHB network. UMHB reserves the right to restrict or deny access to any service that may be detrimental to its performance or utilize excessive bandwidth, such as audio or video downloads and on-line gaming. Loopholes in the security of information systems must not be used to damage information systems, obtain extra resources, remove resources from another user, or gain access to or use unauthorized resources or files. Knowledge of such loopholes must be reported to the Information Technology Department immediately.
A student’s information systems usage privileges may be suspended immediately upon the discovery of a possible violation of these policies. If the violation is confirmed, the full range of disciplinary sanctions is available, including the loss of information systems usage privileges, dismissal from the university and legal action. Violations of some of the above policies may constitute a criminal offense under the Texas Penal Code (see V.T.C.A., Penal Code section 33.01 et seq). UMHB students should be aware that Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and others are public domain and may be used by the university to determine student conduct.
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Policy Regarding Student Social Media Usage ●
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 ●
The Bible provides each of us with powerful wisdom and guidance to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God. We are called to a high standard of behavior. Accordingly, all students are encouraged to consider the Bible’s instruction as they make choices about their speech, both in person and through the use of technology such as social media.
Internet services such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Social Cam, MySpace, Xanga, Friendster, Instagram, Google and others enable individuals to interact with an expansive universe of people and to connect with friends and family. While the university supports and encourages individual freedom of expression, it also has concerns about the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the University’s image.
What you post may affect your future. Postings by students on personal profiles, groups and chat rooms are often in the public domain and easily accessible by anyone including parents, potential employers, graduate school admissions officials and even predators. Even after it has been deleted, information posted on a web site can sometimes be retrieved by persons with sufficient technical computer skills.
You are expected to monitor your own social media, and post (or retain, if sent to you by others) only information and images that appropriately represent the University and its Christian standards. You must promptly remove anything posted by someone else which violates this policy. Educating and protecting students is a primary concern of the university. The following information was developed to provide you with some guidance as to what type of behavior is appropriate for your social media. These guidelines are not all inclusive; rather, they are intended to be used as a foundation for sound decision making. General Guidelines for participating in social media sites:
1. Before participating in any online community, understand that anything posted online is often available to anyone in the world. 2. Do not post your home address, local address, phone number(s), birth date or other personal information (e.g., class schedule, social plans) as it could lead to unwanted attention, stalking, identity theft, etc. 3. Set your security settings so that only individuals known to you can view your profile. 4. Do not post any information that would violate UMHB’s Christian standards, its student rules of conduct, or state or federal laws.
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5. Do not post or permit any information, photos or other items online that could embarrass you, your family, or UMHB. This includes (but is not limited to) information, photos, quotes and other items that may be tagged to you from another user. 6. Do not add a "friend" unless it is someone you actually know. 7. Do not comment on matters that could reasonably be expected to be confidential regarding your fellow students or UMHB.
Guidelines for the use of words, abbreviations, acronyms, and/or phrases not permitted anywhere on studentâ€™s social media sites, regardless of who posted them, include (but are not limited to) the following: 1. Any words or phrases considered to be harassing and/or discriminatory in nature on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation. 2. Any demeaning or disparaging statements. 3. Sexually explicit language. 4. Using profanity, including symbols, abbreviations, acronyms, or other inappropriate or offensive language. 5. Words or phrases to describe inappropriate social activities (e.g., partying, boozing and smoking) are not appropriate activities for students. 6. Words or phrases you would not want attributed directly to you should they be released publicly (e.g., newspaper, television story). 7. Threats of violence.
Photo and Video Guidelines - examples of inappropriate or offensive behaviors posted on studentsâ€™ social media sites, regardless of who posted them, include (but are not limited to) depictions or presentations of the following: 1. Hazing, an activity that is strictly prohibited. 2. Use of alcohol or drugs, regardless of age. Examples include: A. Posting photos, videos, posters or other media showing the use of alcohol, tobacco, (eg., no holding cups, cans, shot glasses etc.) B. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media that condone drug related activity. This includes but is not limited to images that portray the use of marijuana or other illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia. 3. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media with obscene, lewd or lascivious gestures or behavior. 4. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media that are of a sexual nature. This includes links to websites of a pornographic nature and other inappropriate material. 5. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media that depict violence 6. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media meant to demean the individuals included in the photo. 7. Posting pictures, videos, posters or other media you would not want publicly released on television or in a newspaper.
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Social networking sites may be regularly monitored by a number of sources within UMHB (e.g., Athletics Division, Student Life, Information Technology, Campus Police) or authorized vendors engaged by UMHB to monitor social media. 1. If you participate in certain high-profile student activities, you may be required to provide full access to your personal social media to selected employees of UMHB or authorized vendors. 2. If you discover inappropriate information on the social media site of any UMHB student, you are required to contact the Dean of Students or other UMHB administrative staff member. You must not take action on your own accord (e.g., hazing or any form of punishment).
Any violation of law or University policy (e.g., the Universityâ€™s Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination, Student Rules of Conduct, or Hazing Policy) or evidence of such violation in your social media content is subject to investigation and sanction by the University and/or law enforcement agencies.
University sanctions can include, but are not limited to reprimand, fines, suspension from practice or competition, dismissal from a university program and expulsion. The student disciplinary process can be found in this handbook. For some student programs, including athletics, a more specific usage policy and disciplinary process may be provided to students. The goal of UMHB is to achieve a level of behavior that is pleasing to God and reflects positively on you and the University community. If you are ever in doubt of the appropriateness of your online public material, consider whether it upholds and positively reflects your own values and ethics as well as those of the University. Remember always present a positive image and donâ€™t do anything to embarrass yourself, your family or the University.
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Section 8: Student Misconduct and Discipline Philosophy of Discipline
UMHB maintains a learning community of Christian discipline, promoting a way of life that reflects and honors the teachings of Jesus Christ. Therefore, community life at UMHB is a disciplined life. Community standards reflect biblical principles and traditional Christian teaching and encourage students, staff and faculty to live their lives accordingly.
Our desire is that all people reach their greatest potential in Jesus Christ. The intent of all discipline is to enhance growth, maturity, responsibility for one’s own behavior and accountability for one’s own actions.
Students are called to a high standard of behavior in order to establish and maintain an environment conducive to learning and personal growth. Within the context of UMHB’s mission and Christian standards, students are expected to develop and maintain high personal and behavioral values. These expectations include, but are not limited to, the following: • • • • • • • •
Respect for the personal worth, dignity and rights of others. Respect for the right and necessity of UMHB to develop and maintain a Christian atmosphere conducive to academic study and personal growth. Respect for UMHB’s longstanding tradition of honesty, moral and ethical integrity. Respect for the diverse backgrounds, personalities, convictions and spiritual traditions of students, staff and faculty who comprise the UMHB learning community. Respect for local, state and federal laws and ordinances. Respect for the discipline, policy, procedures and authority established by UMHB for the management of university activities, the well-being of the members of the university community, and the integrity of the university. Willingness to offer service, support, guidance and friendship to others. Regard for the nature of a moral community by embracing the need to lovingly confront and hold accountable members of the UMHB learning community whose conduct falls outside the boundaries of Christian behavior, university policy, and state and federal laws.
Purpose of Disciplinary Responses
In order to preserve a moral community, it sometimes becomes necessary to hold students accountable for their actions. Procedures have been designed to provide a loving disciplinary response, balanced by justice and mercy. Justice requires that those who violate standards are held accountable, and those who are innocent are protected. Mercy requires an understanding that all people are fallen sinners in need of God’s grace and a mandate to encourage hope rather than condemnation. Therefore, discipline must be both corrective and restorative. The goal must be to redeem individuals and to restore UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
relationships so that people can grow and develop in knowledge and grace. The purpose of the disciplinary response is: • • • •
to redirect behavior, to protect the rights of others in the community, to encourage and teach responsibility, and to maintain a Christian environment compatible with the educational mission of the university.
In all disciplinary procedures, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will seek to be redemptive in the lives of the individuals involved and to witness to the high moral standards of the Christian faith.
Student Misconduct Defined
The term misconduct refers to personal behavior on or off campus that interferes with UMHB’s pursuit of its educational and Christian objectives, fails to exhibit a regard for the rights of others, or shows disrespect for the safety of persons or property. The following examples of misconduct are not inclusive but are intended to give a student an idea of the types of behavior that may result in disciplinary action. • • • •
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Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, public service, or other activity or function of the university, or threatening such obstruction or disruption. Using force or violence or threats of force or violence toward students. Interference with, failure to cooperate with, or failure to provide identification to any UMHB administrator, faculty member, or staff person. Physical or verbal abuse of any person, or indecent or obscene conduct, while: attending a university-sponsored event; on university premises; wearing apparel or other identification of the university; in the presence of university students; or in public venues where a reasonable connection could be made between the conduct and the university. Actions which evidence disregard for appropriate professional boundaries between students and university faculty and staff. University employees are directed not to engage in a personal relationship with a student if the employee has the ability to influence the student’s employment, housing, financial aid, disciplinary or academic record. Students should not solicit, encourage, or participate in such a relationship. Threats, physical abuse, or harassment directed toward a member of the UMHB faculty, staff, or student body, or toward a visitor to the campus. Drunkenness or disorderly behavior. Any conduct, including speech or writing, that is in opposition to the Christian ideals which the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor strives to uphold. Violating the university’s written policies regarding alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
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Theft, abuse or damage or the threat thereof, of university resources or the resources of any employee, student, vendor or visitor of the university. Use or possession of firearms, explosives, fireworks, missiles, or weapons on campus without the approval of the Vice President for Student Life. Unauthorized entry or use, unsafe use or inappropriate use of university vehicles, facilities, property, equipment, or electronic mail. Forgery, alteration, or unauthorized use of university information, documents, records, or identification materials. This includes university logos, letterheads, publications or other identifying documents. Contemptuous or disrespectful behavior. Knowingly furnishing false information (i.e. to employees, administrators, students, visitors, vendors, or trustees of the university). The giving of false testimony or other false evidence at a hearing. Failure to follow established university rules, regulations, and policies. Unlawfully conducting, organizing, or participating in an activity involving a game of chance, including but not limited to casino, calcutta, or lottery. Violating the university policy’s on hazing. Sexual misconduct as defined in this student handbook. Tampering or playing with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit lights, emergency lights; tampering with or pulling under false pretenses a fire alarm; or propping stairwell fire doors open. Violation of an international, federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Recording or causing to be recorded by audio, photograph, video or other technology, the voice or image of a member of the university’s governing board, an administrator, faculty member, staff employee, or other student without first obtaining the recorded person’s expressed, written permission. Violating the university’s Social media policy. Obscene, lewd, indecent media exhibition: the use, display, or exhibition of pornographic movies, video tapes, records, cassettes, posters, magazines, CDs, computer graphics or other media is strictly prohibited. Officially representing the university in any activity, including, but not limited to, media activities, political campaigns and lobbying activities (which are prohibited by the university), without the express advance approval of university administration. Engaging in behavior that could reasonably be construed as harassment or discrimination which is prohibited by university policy. Refusing to cooperate with university officials in the course of a university investigation.
Sanctions for Misconduct
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sanction which it deems appropriate under the circumstances. A student who engages in misconduct is subject to one or more of the following sanctions: • • • • •
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Censure- Oral or written warning to the student that he or she is engaging in conduct which violates university rules, regulations, or policies. Reprimand- Written warning that continuation or repetition of misconduct may result in a more severe sanction. Fines- a monetary fine may be assessed as part of a disciplinary process. Probation- Written notice explaining the serious nature of misconduct and outlining the terms of probation. The terms of probation may prohibit a student from participating in co-curricular activities. Restitution- Requirement to reimburse or otherwise compensate another for damage or loss of property resulting from a student's misconduct. Common assessment or group billing may be made to students in a residence hall for damages occurring in common areas shared by groups of residents. Eviction- Probation or removal from residence halls or other campus facilities as designated in the written notification. The housing deposit will not be refunded to a student who is evicted from the residence halls. Suspension- Termination of student status at the university for a specified period of time. A student who has been suspended will be given a reasonable time in which to leave the campus and remove his or her property. Expulsion- Termination of student status at the university permanently or for an indefinite period of time. A student who has been expelled will be given a reasonable time in which to leave the campus and remove his or her property.
UMHB will be guided by the understanding that human sexuality is a gift from the creator God and that the purpose of this gift includes the procreation of human life and the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond in self-giving love. These purposes are to be achieved through heterosexual relationships within marriage. Misuses of God’s gift will be understood to include, but not be limited to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, incest, adultery, fornication, and homosexuality. Note: Sexual harassment is discussed in more detail elsewhere in this manual.
UMHB will strive to deal in a constructive and redemptive manner with all who fail to live up to this high standard. Nothing will be done to encourage abortions or other drastic actions that might bring great harm to those involved. Dealing individually with each case, efforts will be made to counsel and assist those involved. Constructive forgiveness will guide all efforts. Consistent with the statement of UMHB concerning sexual misconduct, the university shall thoroughly review the facts and circumstances of each allegation of sexual misconduct involving a student and determine if the allegation is supported by credible evidence. The university may impose a sanction against the individual that is appropriate UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
for the act committed. In doing so, the university shall offer counsel and assistance to the individual so that the sanction imposed may be a catalyst for redemption in his or her life. The sanctions the university may impose against a student for an act of sexual misconduct are those set forth in the section entitled â€œSanctions for Misconductâ€? of the student disciplinary policy and range from censure to expulsion.
Student Disciplinary Process
Unless this handbook provides a separate disciplinary process for a specific infraction, the following is the normal process when a student is suspected of violating the university's rules of conduct:
1. The Dean of Students will request a meeting with the student to discuss the alleged misconduct. In the course of this informal discussion, the student may request a written description of the misconduct with which the student is charged. Students are required to meet with the Dean of Students upon request and to cooperate in the disciplinary process. 2. In the course of the informal interview, the Dean of Students and the student may agree on whether misconduct occurred and any appropriate discipline. The student may withdraw such an agreement by notice to the Dean of Students within three (3) days, not counting weekends or school holidays.
3. If the student fails to meet with the Dean of Students, or in the absence of an agreement between the Dean of Students and the student charged with misconduct, the Dean of Students may interview other persons who may have pertinent information about the charges, including any person identified by the student who may provide information on the student's behalf. The Dean may also request information or counsel from other persons as the Dean may consider appropriate and conduct additional interviews with the accused student. 4. The Dean of Students will make a decision regarding the charges against the student and any sanctions imposed within a reasonable time, normally within two weeks after the initial interview, although the school schedule may require a longer period of time. The Dean will notify the accused student of the decision either in person or in writing at the Dean's discretion. The Dean shall provide the student a written copy of the Dean's decision if any discipline is imposed or if the student requests. 5. Under normal circumstances, sanctions imposed by the Dean of Students are not effective until the time for appeal has expired or a student has exhausted the appeal process. However, the Dean of Students may direct that any sanction imposed will take effect immediately if the Dean of Students determines that immediate sanctions are reasonably necessary to protect the health or safety of any member of the university community. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
6. The student has the right to appeal any part of the decision of the Dean of Students by delivering a letter of appeal to the Vice President for Student Life within one week after the decision by the Dean of Students. The letter of appeal shall state the portions of the Dean's decision which the student wishes to appeal, the reasons why the student disagrees with the Dean's decision, and the relief requested by the student.
7. The Vice President for Student Life shall review the Dean's decision in light of the letter of appeal. The Vice President may interview anyone who may have pertinent information about the charges and request information or counsel from other persons as the Vice President may consider appropriate. The Vice President for Student Life may also suspend any sanctions which took effect during the appeal process. 8. The Vice President for Student Life will provide a written decision on the appeal to the student and the Dean of Students within a reasonable time, normally within ten days after receiving the appeal, although the school schedule may require a longer period of time. The Vice President for Student Life may affirm the decision of the Dean of Students, make a different determination of the facts, or change any sanctions imposed on the student. 9. The student has the right to appeal any part of the decision of the Vice President for Student Life by delivering a letter of appeal to the Sr. Vice President for Administration within one week after the decision by the Vice President for Student Life. The letter of appeal shall state the portions of the previous decision which the student wishes to appeal, the reasons why the student disagrees with the previous decision, and the relief requested by the student.
10. The Sr. Vice President for Administration shall review the previous decisions in light of the letter of appeal. The Sr. Vice President for Administration may interview anyone who may have pertinent information about the charges and request information or counsel from other persons as deemed appropriate. 11. The Sr. Vice President for Administration will provide a written decision on the appeal to the student and the Vice President for Student Life within a reasonable time, normally within ten days after receiving the appeal, although the school schedule may require a longer period of time. The Sr. Vice President for Administration may affirm the decision of the Vice President for Student Life, make a different determination of the facts, or change any sanctions imposed on the student. The decision of the Sr. Vice President for Administration is final.
Any student who is interviewed as a part of a disciplinary proceeding shall treat any information disclosed to the student in the course of the interview as confidential. A violation of this rule of confidentiality is misconduct which is subject to discipline. A student who is unable or unwilling to participate in the disciplinary process remains subject to discipline and sanctions. Students are always entitled to consult legal counsel or any other advisor, but no advisor is entitled to attend or participate in any university meeting or interview. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Section 9: Student Suggestions and Complaints Student Suggestions
The thoughts, opinions, and suggestions of students are valued at UMHB, and appropriate consideration is given to all suggestions. Action regarding suggestions or complaints is not guaranteed. • •
Student Government Association: SGA provides a voice for each student regarding university related matters. Student Speak: An informal discussion with the Vice President for Student Life and members of SGA Executive Cabinet takes place several times throughout each semester for students to openly discuss matters, ask questions, and offer suggestions.
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Student Grievance Procedure
The procedure for students to address concerns regarding matters that are purely academic (such as the appeal of a grade) are outlined in the section above and the UMHB Course Catalog. This Student Grievance Procedure may be used by students to seek a resolution of a problem or complaint other than academic matters. Some examples of matters which are appropriate for a grievance within this section include: • • • • • •
A complaint that another student has violated the university's rules of conduct. A complaint that the university or one of its employees has not treated the student in the manner consistent with the university's policies; A complaint of sex discrimination or sexual harassment carried out by employees, other students, or third parties; A complaint of gender inequity in any program of the university, including athletics; A complaint of discrimination on the basis of a disability or handicap, A complaint of any violation of the university's Policy Against Discrimination or Harassment
In order to begin the grievance process, the student should file a written complaint with detailed information about the grievance. The university, at its discretion, may investigate UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
an oral complaint, in which case the student will be requested to provide a written followup to the complaint.
The complaint should be made to the Dean of Students, the Vice President for Student Life or if the complaint involves discrimination or harassment, to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and should include such information as: • • • • • •
A description of the problem which is the basis for the complaint; When the conduct which is the basis of the complaint occurred; The names and contact information, if known, of any persons whose conduct has created the problem or the complaint; The names and contact information, if known, of any persons who can provide information about or confirmation of the complaint; What, if any, consequences or effects the problem is causing for the student; and The action or solution requested in order to resolve the complaint.
The university will designate one or more employees to make an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation of all complaints. Both the complaining party and any accused party will have the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence relating to the complaint. In appropriate cases, the complaining student may be advised of the right to file a criminal complaint. Whether or not a criminal complaint is filed, the university will proceed with its own investigation and resolution of the complaint. If at any time in the course of the investigation it becomes apparent that a serious breach of the university's rules or policies may have occurred, the investigation may be transferred to the appropriate persons and continued under the Student Disciplinary Process or as an employee disciplinary matter under the staff handbook or faculty handbook, whichever shall apply.
The university may require or encourage the parties involved to engage in an informal dialog or guided mediation as a means of resolving the complaint. However, mediation is never appropriate, even on a voluntary basis, in cases involving allegations of sexual assault or other serious crimes against persons.
The university will normally complete its investigation within sixty (60) days of receiving the complaint and inform the complaint and the accused, if any, of the university's decision. Either party may appeal. Any appeal shall be filed with the appropriate person under the procedure being applied to the complaint. If there is no person designated to hear an appeal, then an appeal may be made to the Senior Vice President for Administration. In any event, both parties will be given notice of the proper party to receive the appeal and the time in which an appeal must be received. The appeal will normally be completed and all parties informed of the results of the appeal within fifteen (15) days. If the university finds any student has been subjected to sexual harassment, or to any form of discrimination or harassment in violation of the university's policies, the university will UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
take definite, affirmative steps to prevent the recurrence of any harassment and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.
No person shall be subjected to retaliation of any kind for making a complaint in good faith, and any such retaliation shall be considered a separate offense which shall subject the retaliating student or employee to disciplinary action.
Any student who is interviewed as a part of a grievance investigation shall treat any information disclosed to the student in the course of the interview as confidential. A violation of this rule of confidentiality is misconduct which is subject to discipline.
A student who is unable or unwilling to participate in a grievance investigation remains subject to discipline and sanctions. Students are always entitled to consult legal counsel or any other advisor, but no advisor is entitled to attend or participate in any university meeting or interview.
Student Problem-Solving Process The purpose of the Student Problem-Solving Process is to provide students with an avenue to voice a concern regarding any area on campus for which no grievance is being submitted and/or for which no other specific process exists.
For example, this procedure should not be used to submit grievances regarding harassment, discrimination, disciplinary action, disabilities or academic appeals or to report a crime or other incident which requires immediate attention. Please see the appropriate sections of this Student Handbook for the proper procedures related to these issues, as this process does not replace those.
Below are the appropriate steps to follow: • The student should attempt to resolve the issue at the office that is the source of the complaint by speaking with a supervisor. • If this does not result in a satisfactory resolution, the student will be instructed to submit a written complaint by filling out the online form here. • Any university staff member or administrator can also submit a form on behalf of a student. • A university staff person will direct the information to the appropriate vicepresident who determines the appropriate course of action. • As noted on the form, students can expect to be contacted by the close of the next business day.
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Section 10: Student Records NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) For more information, click here.
In compliance with Public Law 93-380, Section 438 of the General Educational Provisions Act of 1974, students will be allowed to have access to their records. This act is often referred to as the Buckley Amendment, and it pertains to the privacy right of parents and students. In order to minimize the risk of improper disclosure, disciplinary records are kept separate from academic transcripts. No permanent record of disciplinary action shall be made unless there is a demonstrable need for it related to the basic purposes of the university. Areas in which student records may be maintained: Academic Records • Registrar’s Office • Department and faculty offices • Education Department • Faculty advisor • Career Services Office Student Life Records • Counseling and Testing Office • Student Development Office • Career Services Office • Student Health Office Student-Athlete Records • Athletics Division Office Financial Records • Business Office • Financial Aid Office
Directory Information • Public Information Office • Registrar’s Office • Student Development Office • Athletic Office All student information is available to university officials on a need-to-know basis. UMHB Student Handbook 2012-2013
Responsibility for Disciplinary Records
The Dean of Students retains responsibility for the maintenance, storage and release of student records related to disciplinary proceedings in keeping with FERPA.
The Athletics Division retains responsibility for the maintenance, storage and release of student records related to disciplinary proceedings regarding student-athletes in keeping with FERPA. In most cases, student disciplinary records may be kept for a period of five years upon separation from the university, at which time minimal statistics may be retained and the full document may be destroyed.
Campus police retain separate records that are created for a law enforcement purpose and may be retained or used in a manner consistent with that purpose.
Notifications to Parents
When a dependent student receives a disciplinary response of suspension or dismissal, the parents of the dependent student may be notified by mail. Furthermore, parents of any student under the age of 21 may be notified should their student be placed on conduct probation for violating the UMHB alcohol policy. The university also reserves the right to contact parents when the administration believes that parental contact is in the best interest of the student and/or the university, to the extent allowed by law. As stated in the current university catalog, a studentâ€™s dependency status is determined according to the Internal Revenue Code 1986, Section 152.
The university reserves the right to drop a student from classes and/or the university if the studentâ€™s account is delinquent or if such action is deemed in the best interest of the student and/or the university. Recorded grades will be W, WP, WQ, NC or F. The grade will depend on the time of withdrawal and the studentâ€™s grade at that time or the circumstances causing the withdrawal.
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This policy clarifies certain rights, responsibilities, and ownership with respect to works of intellectual property created with the University’s assistance or at its direction. The policy is based on the following principles:
As a part of its academic mission, the University encourages the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and the creation of artistic, literary, scientific and other innovative works by its faculty, staff, and students.
The development of an original work may result from the efforts or resources of a number of creators and contributors who should share the rewards and benefits for their contributions in an equitable manner.
An orderly and deliberate process should be established to decide whether or how to secure the protections provided by law for intellectual property rights of the University and its faculty, staff, and students.
1. Applicability This policy applies to all students and employees, including: faculty, adjunct faculty, visiting scholars, full-time and part-time staff, and student employees. It applies to workers engaged by the University on a contract basis unless otherwise provided in the contract. Rights and responsibilities with respect to intellectual property involving nonemployees, including works funded in whole or in part by an external sponsor, works subject to royalty agreements, and works created by independent contractors, should be addressed in the written agreement between the University and the nonemployee. 2. Definitions Creator: An inventor, developer, author, or other creator of intellectual property covered by this policy. Educational Materials: The content and associated tools and technologies for delivery of content, including lectures, notes, and other materials developed for traditional "face to face" classroom courses, as well as materials intended for other delivery methods such as Internet web-based delivery or other distance learning media. Educational Materials do not normally include works such as textbooks, articles, papers, scholarly monographs, or artistic works produced in the normal course of academic scholarship. 1
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University Research: Research or development which is: A. undertaken in connection with an externally funded project; B. related to duties and responsibilities for which a person is compensated by the University; or C. conducted with use of Substantial University Resources. Intellectual Property: Material.
Patents, trademarks, service marks, and Copyrightable
Copyrightable Material: A creative work fixed in any tangible medium which is eligible for protection under copyright law. Some examples are: A. written works, such as books, stories, poems, journal articles, reports, texts, glossaries, bibliographies, study-guides, laboratory manuals, syllabi, tests and proposals; B. lectures, musical or dramatic compositions, and unpublished scripts; C. photographs, films, film strips, charts, transparencies, and other visual aids; D. video and audio recordings; E. live video and audio broadcasts; F. programmed instructional materials, (including Web-based courses or materials); G. computer programs (software); H. choreographic work and pantomimes; I. drawings, other graphic works, sculptures, and three-dimensional works, whether artistic or technical in nature; J. architectural plans and structures; and K. clothing, including fashion designs and specialized protective garments. Substantial University Resources: University resources which exceed the standard resources normally provided to carry out one's duties. "Standard" resources, include A. payment of salary; B. provision of office and/or laboratory space, including general media laboratory space and general administrative support; or C. use of library resources. Examples of Substantial University Resources include such things as A. the assignment of additional teaching or graduate assistants; B. use of specialized production facilities or personnel; C. use of multimedia labs and associated personnel; D. summer development leave, sabbatical leave of absence, or reassigned time; E. internal grants or seed money; 2
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F. clerical support that exceeds what is routine; G. the purchase of additional supplies or equipment; H. the allocation of specific additional travel or other funds; I. the assignment of additional space or facilities; and J. other like resources. Creators who wish to undertake a project which may require the use of Substantial University Resources should discuss the project with the assigned policy administrator, as outlined in Section 7 of this Policy, in advance. If the Provost agrees that the project will use Substantial University Resources and should go forward, the Creator and the assigned policy administrator, as outlined in Section 7 of this policy, will enter into a written approval for the work which is specific regarding resources which the Creator is permitted to use and the time frame of the approval. Any variation in the application of this policy shall be included in the written approval. Work Made For Hire: Generally, a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment. In other words, it is a work prepared by an employee because preparing such a work is part of what the employee was hired to do. For example, an editorial written by a newspaper employee hired to write editorials would be a Work Made for Hire, and copyright to the editorials would belong to the newspaper unless otherwise agreed. A work specially ordered or commissioned is also a Work Made for Hire if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a Work Made for Hire. When a work qualifies as a Work Made for Hire, the employer or commissioning party is considered to be the author. 3. University Research The University owns all rights to University Research and to inventions or processes developed with or in the course of University Research. Whether or not the University cedes or assigns to another the right to file a patent application, the University shall have, at no cost, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferrable license to use any work or process developed through University Research. 4. Copyright Except as provided in this Policy (see especially Waivers), the University owns all rights to any Copyrightable Material that is a Work Made for Hire or for which the rights are assigned to the University under the terms of a contract, grant, or sponsored program. Creators of works that are not Works Made for Hire but that are developed with the use of Substantial University Resources shall grant to the University, at no cost, a royalty-free, non-exclusive license for the use of the work for academic, research, or other scholarly purposes.
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Creators may assign their ownership interest in copyrightable works to the University in a written agreement which may provide for sharing royalty income derived from the work between the University and the Creator. 5. Notice and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Intellectual property may become ineligible for patent, copyright, or trademark protection unless a formal application is filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a timely manner. Any Creator or other employee who has knowledge of a work in which the University may have intellectual property rights under this policy shall notify the Provost immediately. A Creator shall have a duty to support and assist the Universityâ€™s efforts to protect its intellectual property rights. The University shall decide whether to apply for a patent, trademark, or other legal protection on any invention, process, or other property within ninety (90) days of the date on which the University has sufficient information to file the application. If the University elects to pursue a patent or other legal protection, all costs shall be borne by the University. If the University decides not to apply for patent protection it may permit an appropriate employee or third party involved in the creation or funding of the work to file an application, in which case the costs associated with the patent application shall not be borne by the University. 6. Waivers Student Works The University waives its intellectual property rights in works created by students except: A. Works Made for Hire; B. works created with Substantial University Resources; C. works created with the unauthorized use of University facilities or equipment; D. works created with substantial involvement of faculty or staff; E. works which are part of a larger University work; and F. works specifically commissioned by the University. Educational Materials The University waives its intellectual property rights in Educational Materials produced in the normal course of the University's educational mission except as follows: A. Non-Faculty Works Made for Hire. The University does not waive its rights to Educational Materials which are Works Made for Hire by non-faculty employees within the specific scope of their employment. An example is a distance learning platform created by non-faculty technical staff employed for that purpose. B. Materials Descriptive of the Academic Program. The University does not waive its rights to the course descriptions and syllabi for its programs and courses, to be used as needed for course catalogs, accreditation, decisions 4
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on student course transfers, etc. C. Limited license to use Educational Materials. For purposes of instructional continuity, the University shall have at no cost, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferrable license to use all teaching and course materials for three years. D. Substantial University Resources. The University shall own any tangible work created with the use of Substantial University Resources. An example is an audio-visual production developed with extensive video production, integration of video streaming, or website development made possible through the use of University resources. The tangible works developed, i.e. the website or video production, shall be owned by the University, while the Creator maintains ownership of the underlying content of the materials. The University shall have at no cost a royalty-free, non-exclusive, nontransferrable license for the use, reproduction, and creation of derivative works of the underlying creative content for the University's purposes. Tangible Educational Materials owned by the University as described in this paragraph may be used by the Creator in a manner consistent with the University's conflict of interest policies while the Creator is employed by the University. The Creatorâ€™s use of such materials outside the University requires the specific written permission of the University. E. Commissioned Works. The University does not waive its rights to Educational Materials developed at the specific direction of the University. An example is the assigned development of a seminar or enrichment course to be offered to the public. It is preferable that such materials be commissioned in a written instrument which provides for any additional compensation for creation of the materials, any sharing of potential revenues resulting from commercial distribution of the materials, and other terms as may be desired. Commissioned Educational Materials may be used by the Creator outside the University only with specific written permission of the University and in a manner consistent with the University's conflict of interest policy. F. External Sponsorship. Ownership of externally funded Educational Materials will be governed by the terms of the funding agreement. In the absence of specific terms in the agreement, this policy shall control. Other Copyrightable Material The University waives its intellectual property rights in Copyrightable Materials not otherwise described above (such as textbooks, articles, papers, literary works, scholarly monographs, or artistic works created by employees) unless the University specifically commissions the work for the University's use or reserves its rights in writing before the work is created. Other Waivers The University may grant other waivers to the application of this Policy, provided that such a waiver must be in writing and signed by the assigned policy administrator, as outlined in Section 7 of this Policy.
Intellectual Property - May 8, 2013
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7. Administration of Policy The assigned policy administrator shall determine the application of this Policy in specific instances and resolve any disputes. This Policy shall be administered by (a) the Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding academic intellectual property issues or (b) the Sr. Vice President for Administration and COO for all other intellectual property issues. If an issue involves intellectual property with both academic and non-academic components, both policy administrators will collaborate. Any person who wishes to appeal a decision of the assigned Policy administrator shall present his or her appeal in writing within thirty (30) days to the President, who shall conduct a review of the issue and render a final decision on the matter.
(signed) ______________________________ Randy Oâ€™Rear, Ed.D. President and Chief Executive Officer
Oversight of this policy is assigned to:
Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Vice President for Business and Finance & CFO, Vice President for Communications and Special Projects, Associate Vice President for Information Technology
Date of Origin: May 8, 2013 Revised: Revised: Revised:
Intellectual Property - May 8, 2013
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor